The archipelago of St Kilda is the remotest part of the British Isles and a double UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main island is called Hirta and has been inhabited for 2 millennia but was evacuated in 1930 because comparative life had become too tough. The St. Kildans almost exclusively ate the seabirds which live on the cliffs of Hirta, the highest cliffs in Britain, and the sea stacks. St Kildans would embark on month-long trips to collect juvenille birds. The birds were plucked, split from head to tail then piled in large towers and covered with mats for several months. The cured meat is called guga and this delicacy is still produced on a small scale today.
In the background of this shot is the island of Boreray and the sea stacks Lee and Stac an Armin. The cliffs are white with gannet guano. In the foreground is a great skua which is a large and incredibly aggressive sea bird that nests on the islands. The skua dive-bomb the heads of anyone who walks across their territory. Crossing a dip nicknamed 'valley of death' was particularly difficult and I was hit on the head by a couple of skua.