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The world's incredible abandoned islands

Love Exploring Logo By Jacqui Agate of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 35: Hirta is the largest island in the remote St Kilda archipelago, a string of Scottish isles at the far edge of the Outer Hebrides. It’s thought that Hirta could have been settled for some 2,000 years before it was finally abandoned in the 1930s. Life for St Kildans would have been tough – they faced bleak winters and lived by hunting the island’s seabirds. Today the island is home to the largest seabird colony in this part of the Atlantic.

Hirta, St Kilda, Scotland

Hirta is the largest island in the remote St Kilda archipelago, a string of Scottish isles at the far edge of the Outer Hebrides. It’s thought that Hirta could have been settled for some 2,000 years before it was finally abandoned in the 1930s. Life for St Kildans would have been tough – they faced bleak winters and lived by hunting the island’s seabirds. Today the island is home to the largest seabird colony in this part of the Atlantic.
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