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Scotland Slowly 2019, Day 6: St. Kilda

The Magical Archipelago of Feral Sheep, What Comes Out of Sheep (feral and otherwise), Ferocious Attacking Birds, and Carnivorous Plants

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Let’s begin, sort of, where we left off yesterday. The second half of yesterday was not an especially exciting afternoon and evening. We were both quite tired after the long hike. We got a pre-dinner cocktail, attended the daily briefing, had dinner, and went straight to bed. I think I was in bed by 9:30 and didn’t wake up until the official Wake Up Call at 0730.

Today, we spent the morning on the island of Hirta, part of the remarkable archipelago, known for birds, feral sheep (watch where you step!) and the remnants of a community of people who lived in this isolated place for many generations. The community was evacuated in 1930.

We had a great morning exploring the old houses and structures of the island, looking down from the cliffs on one side of Hirta, and watching the feral sheep that call this place home.

There are also lots of birds on St. Kilda. One kind of bird, the skua, protects their nests, eggs and young with great fervor, attacking any possible predator. Although we were not attacked, we were told in no uncertain terms to be cautious and to avoid certain areas of the island.

We were also introduced to some carnivorous plants, with small flowers near the ground that eat very small flies. Tasty.

Here are a few St. Kilda photos:

After St. Kilda, we visited a nearby colony of gannets, another sort of bird that lives on the small ledges on the enormous rocks that tower over the surrounding sea:

And, then it was time to relax a bit in the late afternoon, with a shipboard whisky tasting:

We are looking forward to this evening. After the daily briefing, we’ll hear the Ode to the Haggis and then enjoy a haggis dinner, followed by the “dress as your favorite adventurer” party. Should be a fun evening!

Posted by ORWAT 07:15 Tagged st. kilda

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Go, feral sheep! Feral wool as well??? :)

by Laurie

Yes, feral sheep. And, we are told (in no uncertain terms) that the feral sheep are very, very smart.
The onboard expert didn't say anything about whether or not the feralness extends to the wool. The next time I see her, I'll ask.


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