The eventual evacuation of the islanders was labelled a “great adventure” by local papers, and the resettlement into various mainland communities was treated with care and sensitivity as the Scottish authorities did their best to resettle people according to family wishes.
The last of the native St Kildans, Rachel Johnson, died in April 2016 at the age of 93, having been evacuated at the age of 8.
It was on a whim that I stumbled across the story of St. Kilda and its standing today, hidden within the pages of a small-circulation travel magazine. In recent years, there has been somewhat of a return to lost heritage, to forgotten history. We are more inclined to unearth hidden stories now than ever before. In Scotland’s recent preservation of St. Kilda and UNESCO’s recognition of it comes a sacred example of environmental and historical saviour: our isolated communities are often the missing pieces in the modern stories we are trying to piece together from the past. The world lays claim to many forgotten rocky shores and hidden heritages, but it takes collective will and governmental support in order to preserve their teachings.