Sailing into Village Bay, you can see the medieval stone houses in a line across the slope, as well as the British missile tracking range towers on the horizon. The entire island is grazed by sheep.
The island's population dropped further when 36 islanders emigrated to Australia, upset over the religious divisions in Scotland in those years between the Church of Scotland and the Free Church of Scotland, both strongly Presbyterian. Influenced by early tourism and the military during WWI many young men left for a better life, and by 1928 only 37 people remained. In 1930 they made a collective decision to leave, encouraged by the island's nurse. They were resettled in Morvern. The last living islander died in 2016, having been evacuated when she was only 8.
There are 3 unique species on St. Kilda, having evolved through centuries of isolation. These is the Soay sheep which are left to graze and survive with no shepherds.