About St Kilda Day
On 29th August 2009 the first ever St Kilda Day celebrated one of the world’s truly spectacular places. 2010 marks the 80th anniversary of the final evacuation of the islands.
St Kilda lies 65 kilometres out into the Atlantic to the west of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. It emerged from a huge volcano more than 50 million years ago and its cliffs are taller than the Empire State Building. St Kilda was inhabited for 3,000 years until its evacuation in 1930 and it is now home to more than a million birds. It is the UK’s only dual UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of only 25 worldwide. A programme of events across Scotland marked the anniversary of the evacuation of the last 36 St Kildans in 1930. St Kilda Day celebrates the place and the people, their lives and legacy in music and song, words and images, storytelling and film.