Pictures reveal landscape of Britain’s most remote island


St Kilda Island. (SWNS)

The UK’s most remote island has been photographed in all its glory.

Photographer Chris Orange, 47, captured the unspoiled landscapes of St Kilda in a series of images.

The island, which lies about 40 miles in the Atlantic from the Outer Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland, is only accessible to the public for about four months of the year, a few hours per day only.

Despite the time constraints, Orange captured its silent, rolling hills and the jagged piles of rocks rising from the sea, filled with hundreds of seabirds.

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The island is now abandoned.  (SWNS)

The island is now abandoned. (SWNS)

The most remote island in the UK.  (SWNS)

It is the most remote island in the United Kingdom. (SWNS)

Orange’s favorite part of the trip was seeing and capturing the row of abandoned houses, which once housed a community that lived on the island until the 1930s.

The crumbling stone cottages are now abandoned after residents abandoned St Kilda almost a century ago – and only the blue plaques on the houses remain to commemorate them.

Orange, who was photographing St Kilda for her upcoming photo book, Edge of the World, said: “It was a real privilege to be somewhere like this, especially when we’ve been stuck inside for so long.

“People don’t often believe it when I show them pictures of places as far away as this one.

“It’s just a real contrast to the chaos you see on the news every day. It’s so hard to find really remote spaces in modern life.”

Chris Orange on his trip to St Kilda.  (SWNS)

Chris Orange on his trip to St Kilda. (SWNS)

A photo of the island from around 150 years ago, when it was inhabited.  (SWNS)

A photo of the island from around 150 years ago, when it was inhabited. (SWNS)

Round-trip boat trips to the small island run up to six times per week from the Isle of Skye or Isle of Harris.

Orange, from Haslemere, Surrey, said it was the ‘most difficult’ sea crossing he has ever experienced – and added that this could be one reason why St Kilda is so little visited .

He said: “I’ve never been in such rough seas. The boat was basically taking off. When you get on the boat, they give you sick bowls – because the crossing is hardly ever calm.”

Another amazing image of St Kilda.  (SWNS)

Another amazing image of St Kilda. (SWNS)

An old cabin on the island (SWNS)

An old cabin on the island (SWNS)

The images were taken for a new book called Edge of the World.  (SWNS)

The images were taken for a new book called Edge of the World. (SWNS)

Orange added: “I have been trying to get out there for about three years. On my last attempt I almost got it, I hired a car and drove 3 hours to the Isle of Skye, ready. to take the boat.

“But the trip was canceled at the last minute due to a tornado warning.

“So it was a real privilege to finally be able to go there and spend a few hours there.

“It’s a really interesting place to go. It had to be an amazing place to live – but it also had to be pretty sorry.”

Orange’s new book, Edge of the World, is due out in October.

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