Marhofn 171.09 - May 2007

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Boatlog: Michael Curtis

The Western Isles never disappoint, and 2006 left a memory I will never forget. Along with Iain Price and Jon Metcalf, we took the day trip that is now available to St Kilda. We were fortunate to get a fabulous day, but even so, the 31/2-hour crossing is one to be endured rather than enjoyed. I was apprehensive about St Kilda, having read so much about it, but despite the modern installations you can still appreciate the old St Kilda by walking along the 'street'. The scenery as you climb up to Conachair is awe inspiring. However, the highlight was the trip to Boreray and the stacks on the way home. I had no idea how absolutely incredible they are. With the Atlantic about as calm as it's ever likely to get, the boatman was able to get really close to the cliffs. The scene is akin to a setting from Lord of the Rings, but CGI graphics are not required. It took me a while to stop gawping and take some photos. The idea of climbing the sea stacks I found abhorrent. They're evil! If permission is ever given to climb them it's going to take a person with a lot of skill to do it. Boreray is a different matter, it's tremendous. I'd love to be able to set foot on it, though having seen the landing place I doubt this would be easy. My gambit would be to adorn myself with a wet suit, helmet and extra padding, then jump for it.

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