Those that know me, know that I'm a real map nerd/geek, especially thanks to Google Earth/Maps.
Several years ago I was 'googling' my way around the UK, especially the remoter areas and islands, and then I found a little dot approx 80 miles off the Scottish Mainland and wandered "what is that place?"
It turned out to be St Kilda and I thought to myself that it would be really cool if I could actually set foot there myself one day ..... well now I have.
Permanent habitation on the islands possibly extends back at least two millennia, the population probably never exceeding 180 (and certainly no more than 100 after 1851). The entire remaining population was evacuated from Hirta (the only inhabited island) in 1930. Currently, the only year-round residents are military personnel; a variety of conservation workers, volunteers and scientists spend time there in the summer months.