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St Kilda - Britain's Loneliest Isle (clip 2)

An early travel documentary

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A voyage from Glasgow to St Kilda, containing scenes of the Western Isles and island life of the crofters on St Kilda. Research suggests scenes on the island of Hirta were taken in May 1923, with later footage of the voyage to the St Kilda islands taken c. 1928. This clip features the ship arriving at Lochboisdale where over 300 Hebridean emigrants sailed from to Canada. Shots of the village and people on quay, a croft with children outside.

Questions & Activities


  • Why were the children scared of the camera?
  • What do you think it would have been like to live in a house like this?
  • Where is Lochboisdale? Why did people emigrate from the Hebrides and St Kilda to far away places?
  • What kinds of clothes were the people wearing?


Social History: Research the crofting communities of the Hebrides and find out why people emigrated to Australia and Canada.

RME: Respecting other cultures - Look into the reasons why the film was made and discuss the underlying message it conveys about the inhabitants of St Kilda.

Geography / Journeys: Plot on a map the journey from Glasgow to St Kilda. How many modes of transport would you need then and today. How long would it take

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-083-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0418
Date 1928
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Religious and Moral Education, Geography, English, Social History, History
Subject Matter Journeys
Who John McCallum and Company (sponsor), Paul Robello, Bobbie Mann (director), Topical Productions, Glasgow (production company)
Where St Kilda, Hirta
Event Emigration
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 0:31
Film Length 18:00