After spending the night in the museum (wasn’t that turned into a Hollywood movie?) I opened the door and was very happy to see that the weather had changed completely.
After a quick breakfast I went up the hill, to the gap between Hirta and Dùn. Along the way I got a sunny view of the cleits and Main Street.
Pretty soon I was near the smaller of the two radar stations where I caught up with Francis and Frank. The radar stations are used to track missiles launched from the MoD missile site on South Uist. This used to be done by army personnel based on Hirta, but that work has now been outsourced to Qinetiq.
The slope towards the bay was pretty steep in places and there was very little change of surviving any fall over the cliff at the other side. I also got a good view of Levenish, one of the other little islands that make up St. Kilda.
The waves were still pretty big, as a result of yesterday’s gale force winds and they broke spectacularly on the cliff below Claigeann Mòr. We could also see an arch above the sea and wondered how that had come about.
I then made my way up to the Mistress Stone. This is one of the site associated with a famous St. Kildan legend (the other one being the Lover’s Stone.) The story is that young men of St Kilda, before they could marry, had to prove they were able to provide for a family. They needed to show that they would be able to climb the rocks to catch birds for food. To do that they had to balance on their left foot over the edge of a protruding rock, place their right foot in front, bend down and make a fist over their feet. This balancing act was proof of their agility on the rocks. You will not be surprised to learn that I did not feel the need to prove my agility in this way.
I then peeked over the edge down to the gap between Hirta and Dùn.
To be continued with images from Stac Lee and Boreray…