The view to the island of Boreray and the Stacs from the slopes of Conachair.
On the other side of Village Bay is the island of Dùn (fort), which provides protection to the Bay from the prevailing south westerly wind. It is seperated from Hirta by a narrow straight.
This large hut, part of the Cold-War base in Village Bay was primarily used as a recreation and sports hall. It was destroyed during a heavy storm a couple of years ago, and has now been entirely removed.
The radar installations of Hirta where constructed primarily with the aim of tracking launches from the missile bases in South Uist. The facilities are equipped to monitor these launches, with the seas between Uist and St Kilda being used to test the first guided nuclear weapon, the Corporal Missile in the early 1960s.
The military road leading from Village Bay to the radar tracking stations on Mullach Mor.
This curious looking object is part of the navigation system to help ships safely enter Village Bay. In the distance Stac Levenish (Leibhinis), part of the rim of the ancient volcano which included Ruibhal, Dun and Mullach Sgar can be seen.
While unoccupied during the Second World War, the conflict did manage to reach the shores of St Kilda, unsurprising given its position in the North Atlantic, a key battleground. This aircraft was lost on a navigation exercise on Midnight 7th 1944, with the loss of ten crew, six New Zealanders, three Britons and an Australian.
Clais na Bearnach, known to St Kildans as 'The Chimney' lies on the west side of Village Bay, and has been the site of many discoveries from the prehistoric era, including pottery and tools.
The precipitous cliffs of Mullach Bi, which reach a height of 358m, provided a place for St Kildans to collect birds and their eggs. On its grassy slopes is the location of at least one bothy, which is reached via a difficult decent from the cliff edge above.
“The work of the eyes is done.
Go now and do the heart-work
on the images within you”
Rainer Maria Rilke