St Kilda, one of the Outer Hebrides, is the most isolated part of the United Kingdom, now having no permanent population. It had a population until 1930. Until the 20th century life was very hard but the population was able to sustain itself at a near subsistence level. Then it became dependent on tourism and imports. During the First World War supplies were maintained by the Royal Navy and when this stopped the feeling of isolation was heightened. After some major epidemics they applied to be repatriated to the mainland.
The island now belongs to the National Trust for Scotland and is a major wildlife reserve. It can be reached by helicopter from Benbecula in 20 minutes or by boat from Harris in a few hours - a difficult crossing over the open Atlantic.
St Kilda is placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has plenty of sights:
A typical maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Spring is the driest time, but rain is common throughout the year. It rarely freezes in winter, but summer sees highs of below 20 °C almost every day.
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