Between the cliffs and the sea: St Kilda and heritage from afar

George S. Jaramillo*, Alan Hooper

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter explores alternatives to the binary position of visitor and resident by promoting the notion of custodianship through the developing study of a remote-access heritage centre for St. Kilda, Scotland. Intrinsic to heritage tourism is the valorisation of the past, which while providing a financial model is not necessarily in the interests of the local community. Custodianship offers an alternative where the future rather than the past is foregrounded and present ownership acknowledges the obligations to future generations. Therefore, the chapter focuses on how ‘remote-access’ preservation can be a driver in the sustainable development of the St. Kilda Centre, on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, and on the engagement of the critical tourist in the co-creation of heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating Heritage for Tourism
EditorsCatherine Palmer, Jacqueline Tivers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780203701881
ISBN (Print)9781138572713
Publication statusPublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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