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Clue 3 Facts & Stories
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The most western point of Scotland, the St Kilda archipelago is also the remotest part of the British Isles. This island was inhabited until the 1930s.
Isolated and battered by a hostile climate, the inhabitants survived largely by scaling sheer cliff faces to catch the plentiful gannets, fulmars and puffins, and farmed meagre crops.
However from the mid-19th century the hardy residents began to lose their self-sufficiency, relying more on imports of food, fuel and building materials, and on revenue from tourists. As contact with the outside world increased, so too did the islanders' dissatisfaction with the realities of their life.
A series of events led to their eventual evacuation to the mainland at 8am on 29 August, 1930. In all, 36 men, women and children made the 12-hour crossing, a few went to live and work on the Forestry Commission's 7,000-acre Fiunary Forest. Which for some was also the first time they had seen a tree.
Below - Men of St Kilda, taken in 1927. The men of the village would meet every morning in the village street to decide on the work to be done that day.