St Kilda and the Kayak Girls

Dolina and Chirstine successfully kayaked to St Kilda this summer. SDG9175
Dolina and Chirstine successfully kayaked to St Kilda this summer. SDG9175
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IN 1965 Scottish couple Hamish and Anne Gow created history when they became the first kayakers to make the treacherous 40 plus mile sea journey from the Western Isles to the mystical islands St.Kilda.

Forty-seven years later, in June this year, two women from Stornoway Canoe Club, Lewis – Donlina Swanson and Christine Stewart – attempted to re-create the historic voyage.

And heir adventure is the topic of next week’s Trusadh documentary series with programme ‘St Kilda and the Kayak Girls’.

Armed with the original boat plans, the club commissioned the experienced Lewis boat builder Angus Smith to re-create the original plywood and canvas Clyde double kayak – a far cry from the modern kayaks of today.

With the build staring in May though, time wasn’t on their side...

‘St Kilda and the Kayak Girls’ – the story of the ambitious recreation of one of Scotland’s truly great historic sea crossings, and the original pioneering journey told through interview, and classic cine and stills archive.

The Trusadh documentary ‘St Kilda and the Kayak Girls’ will be screened on BBC ALBA on Monday, September 17th, at 9pm and again on Tuesday, September 18th at 10pm.