Having looked forward to this trip for months, we worried that it might be cancelled because of weather. We were lucky that we threaded a needle during a break in unfavourable conditions. Can't say enough good things about the professionalism and warm engagement of Derek and Nicola. And St. Kilda itself - an extraordinary cluster of islands and sea stacks, significantly rich in history and archeology, stunning bird habitat and a truly jaw dropping bird population. (Might have been jaw dropping literally as well as metaphorically if the Skua that dive bombed me had been an inch closer.) it was everything we had hoped for and more. We will remember the experience, including the very real sense of being way out in the open Atlantic, for a long long time. Derek asked me why we chose the trip. I answered quickly that it is because we like wild places. That was only half the answer. The other half is that we like places on the edge. Hirta, and the community on Village Bay, was never wild since people started to live there, but it is on the edge and thrived on the wildness on the stacks and offshore islands in the archipelago. An intense and wonderful day with not only lots of vivid memories but lots to think about.