Stand-Out Scottish Books: Hirta – A Portrait of St Kilda

Following up the success of his Saltire Award nominated St Kilda – The Silent Islands, photographer and author Alex Boyd returns to the island archipelago with Hirta – A Portrait of St Kilda.



In Hirta, the name of St Kilda’s principal island and the Gaelic name for the island group, Boyd presents us with a new collection of photographs, collated from several visits to St Kilda over the years.

After 2,000 years of human habitation, the last St Kilda islanders were evacuated in 1930, never to return. Now, a UNESCO world heritage site, Boyd avoids the traditional romantic image of St Kilda, to the show these fascinating islands in all their rugged glory. 

About the Author:

Alex Boyd is a photographer, writer, and curator, based in the west of Scotland. His work has been widely exhibited around the word, including solo exhibitions in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, and his photography is held in the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy, and the V&A.

Boyd’s first book, St Kilda – The Silent Islands, was published in 2018, and was nominated for a Saltire Award.

Hirta – A Portrait of St Kilda is available in hardback , and can be ordered from Lomond Books if you click here

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