Volunteer working journeys to St Kilda are oversubscribed each summer time. After her two-week stint on these wild Atlantic islands, Jay Sivell can absolutely perceive why

Needed: DIY-er with retail abilities – or store assistant helpful with paint brush. Match out of doors varieties most well-liked. Have to be completely satisfied to be marooned on a distant Scottish island for a fortnight in Might with 11 strangers and minimal sanitation. No wifi. Considerable sheep poo.

Ever for the reason that Nationwide Belief for Scotland was bequeathed St Kilda within the 1950s, volunteers have taken the wild, three-hour Atlantic boat journey to the 4 “islands on the sting of the world”. They’ve reroofed the cottages on the principle avenue, restored the church, and restacked stones that years of gales had toppled from the cleits, or bothies, that dot the volcanic panorama.