The small volcanic archipelago of St Kilda, off the west coast of Scotland, is simply breathtaking. The uninhabited islands of Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray make up Scotland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and feature the UK’s highest sea cliffs.
Although currently unoccupied by humans, the islands were inhabited for 4,000 years, and feature the remains of dwellings and drystone storage structures.
During breeding season, the islands host the largest seabird colony in the north-east Atlantic, attracting birds like puffins, northern gannets and fulmars. Underwater, find a kaleidoscope of color and abundant marine life in the caves and reefs.
These far-flung settlements of the British Isles are often unreachable due to storms for weeks or months, but when the sun is shining, they make for a great day trip from the Western Isles.