A Walk to the Gap

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 19 , 17th July.

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In the afternoon, we decided to go for a walk up to the Gap, beyond the top of the ridge behind the village.  I paused on the way for an image of this large cleit.

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Another, looking back.  The dark roof of one of the restored houses in the street is visible at far right in the middle distance.

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I had to be careful I didn’t fall too far behind….

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We’ve climbed the slope to a flatter area near the top known as An Lag (An Lag Bho’n Tuath in full).  This is one of the large enclosures here, presumably for sheep.  There are four large altogether, two of which also have internal walls.

(The rest of the group are to the right of the enclosure, almost out of sight).

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Only one entrance to the enclosure….

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… and there is a number of small cleits.

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Archaeology, Architecture, Hebrides, History, Landscape, Photography, Scotland, St Kilda, Travel .

Archaeology, Architecture, Hebrides, History, Landscape, Photography, Scotland, St Kilda, Travel .

Archaeology, Architecture, Hebrides, History, Landscape, Photography, Scotland, St Kilda, Travel

We are on top of the cliff now.  This must be the Gap.  It would no doubt look very different in the absence of fog.

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Here carefully I lie down full length on the ground so that just my head and my camera are over the edge of the cliff.  We are looking straight down, at the sea if we could see it.  The sea cliffs along here are the highest in the UK.  It’s probably higher a bit further along at Conachair but this is where it’s steepest, in fact vertical.  We can’t see much but we are therefore at the point of the highest vertical sea cliff in the United Kingdom.  Somewhere down below us there is also a sea cave and an overhang.

 

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The fog is even heavier at the top.

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Archaeology, Architecture, Hebrides, History, Landscape, Photography, Scotland, St Kilda, Travel

We’ve walked back down and here we are overlooking the street again.

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Archaeology, Architecture, Hebrides, History, Landscape, Photography, Scotland, St Kilda, Travel .

7 comments on “A Walk to the Gap

  1. Candia says:

    Another beauty!
    You might like my poem about St Kilda in my Poetry section…

    Like

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