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St. Kilda

<b>St. Kilda</b>Posted by drewbhoyBioda Mor © drew/A
Nearest Town:Uig (135km E)
OS Ref (GB):   NF999500
Latitude:57° 48' 49.55" N
Longitude:   8° 35' 9.62" W

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Amazon's House Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Aoismheal (Oiseval) Souterrain
14 posts
Bioda Mor Stone Fort / Dun
8 posts
Clash Na Bearnaich Ancient Mine / Quarry
11 posts
House Of The Fairies Souterrain
7 posts
Lover's Stone Natural Rock Feature
7 posts
The Milking Stone Natural Rock Feature
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The Mistress Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Tigh Stallar, Boreray Stone Circle
15 posts
Tobar Childa Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
3 posts
1 site
Village Bay Cist


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Evidence St Kilda was inhabited 2,000 years ago

Scotland's remote St Kilda archipelago was inhabited as long as 2,000 years ago, according to archaeologists.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th February 2021ce

Prehistoric finds on remote St Kilda's Boreray isle

The remains of a permanent settlement which could date back to the Iron Age has been uncovered on a remote Scottish island, according to archaeologists.

It was previously thought Boreray in the St Kilda archipelago was only visited by islanders to hunt seabirds and gather wool from sheep... continues...
1speed Posted by 1speed
17th June 2011ce


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"....I pointed to the slope of Oiseval that rears up into the sky like a great snub-nosed whale, cut off cleanly by the cliffs all around. The turf there was poor and thin, studded with humps of stone cleits that looked in the distance like barnacles on the head of a leaping whale. So I told them all that Oiseval had indeed once been a giant whale, far, far bigger than any that the Norway men leave in the bay to take to Bunavoneader in Harris. How the giant whale came to St.Kilda meaning to eat up little Stack Leveish, but Herta saw the whale just in time and cast a spell from the waters of the hill of blessings and just as the whale rose up it was turned into stone, its great open jaws turned to cliffs. Grass grew on its back, and the sheep went up there to graze, but if you looked sideways with your eyes hal closed you could still see the barnacles on its back and the shape of its big head when it opened its mouth wide.
"I can se it, I can see" said Callum and the others were agreeing.
"And one day a year, you must be careful not to climb it, for it will turn back to a whale eat anyone who climbs it." ..."

Passage taken from 'The Lost Lights of St.Kilda' by Elisabeth Gifford
tjj Posted by tjj
28th November 2021ce
Edited 28th November 2021ce

Apparently the native people of St Kilda had developed a genetically inherited elongated big toe that let the men cling more easily to the cracks in the rocks. On one side of the island is the Mistress Stone where marriageable men had to balance on one leg - on the edge of a 300 ft drop - to prove their agility on the rocks and their ability to support a family.

Source: "West Coast" by Kate Muir
tjj Posted by tjj
6th September 2012ce


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Lost songs of St. Kilda

Nearly a century ago, the last 36 residents were evacuated from the most remote part of the British Isles, St Kilda, an isolated archipelago off the beautiful and rugged western coast of Scotland.

After 86 years, the music of St Kilda has been discovered, recorded in a Scottish care home by Trevor Morrison, an elderly man who was taught piano by an inhabitant of St Kilda. Heard by the outside world for the first time these haunting melodies offer a last link to the so-called 'island on the edge of the world'.

Welcome to the incredible story of the lost songs of St Kilda.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
3rd October 2016ce
Edited 4th October 2016ce


The St Kilda Survey Project.

Very good and informative this. Also about various prehistory and a nice photo of the souterrain.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th August 2012ce

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Tigh Stallar, Boreray (Stone Circle) — Miscellaneous

Archaeology & History

The isle of Boreray is four miles northeast of Hirta and here once lived, according to legend, a christian hermit. However in the reverend Kenneth Macaulay History of St. Kilda (1764), he told us that the character was actually a druid. Take your pick! The druid lived at Stallir House, adjacent to which, said Macaulay, was

“a large circle of huge stones fixed perpendicularly in the ground, at equal distances from one and other, with one more remarkable regular in the centre which is flat in the top and one would think sacred in a more eminent degree.”

In a later article by F.L.W. Thomas (1867) he also mentioned this ‘stone circle’, though indicated its decline. Additional information on this little known stone is sparse due to its somewhat remote position on one of the uninhabited isles of St. Kilda.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
29th December 2021ce

Tobar Childa (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Folklore

Tobair na h-oige

An old story told in previous centuries by the indigenous folk of Hirta (St. Kilda) described a long-lost well that was thought to be an abode of the little people, known as the Well of Eternal Youth. Not to be confused with the Well of Virtues near the Amazon’s House less than a mile west, the rough whereabouts of this site is cited by J. Sands (1878) in the folklore section of his otherwise historical account on these faraway Atlantic islands. He wrote:

“Once on a time an old fellow, in going up Connagher with a sheep on his back, observed a Well which he had never seen or heard of before. The water looked like cream, and was so tempting, that he knelt down and took a hearty drink. To his surprise all the infirmities of age immediately left him, and all the vigour and activity of youth returned. He laid down the sheep to mark the spot, and ran down the hill to tell his neighbours. But when he came up again neither sheep nor well were to be found, nor has any one been able to find the Tobair na h-oige to this day. Some say that if he had left a small bit of iron at the well—a brog with a tacket in it would have done quite well—the fairies would have been unable to take back their gift.”

Mrs Banks’ Scottish Calendar Customs (1937)

A nearby but long vanished sacred well.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th September 2017ce

Bioda Mor (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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25th September 2017ce

House Of The Fairies (Souterrain) — Images

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25th September 2017ce

Tobar Childa (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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25th September 2017ce

Clash Na Bearnaich (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Images

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25th September 2017ce

The Mistress Stone (Natural Rock Feature) — Folklore

A group of tourists explore the 'Mistress Stone' at Ruiaval. More than 250 years earlier, Martin, described how 'every Bachelor-Wooer is by ancient Custom obliged in Honour to give a specimen of his Affection for the Love of his Mistress'.

By bowing out from the rock over the cliff while standing on one foot, the suitor was 'accounted worthy of the finest Mistress in the World'.

National Trust Of Scotland

Similar to the Lovers Stone with similar results :-)
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th September 2017ce

The Mistress Stone (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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25th September 2017ce
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