St Kilda, Black House

JimWhitham

Clifton, Manchester, United Kingdom

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St Kilda is the remotest point of the British Isles, 100 miles from the Scottish mainland, over 50 miles west from the Outer Hebrides, out in the wild North Atlantic. It is ravaged by storms throughout the winter and is inacccessible by boat. I sailed there in my own 34 foot sailboat in the summer of 2005, with a friend, Brian Greenall. This is the remains of one of the Black Houses in which the inhabitants of St Kilda lived for 1000 years or more until they were visited by Victorians who went on provide more conventional housing, which can be seen in some of the photographs. Sea birds were a vital part of their diet, and they stored and dried them in the smaller cleats which can be seen in some of the pictures.

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