Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has recorded an introduction as part of a new digital recreation of St Kilda.

St Kilda has been painstakingly recreated on the best-selling videogame Minecraft as part of Scotland-wide World Heritage Day celebrations. This will give gamers the opportunity to explore the archipelago with ever having to step foot there. It will also form part of the learning resources available in both English and Gaelic to Scotland’s schools.

The map features abandoned houses and boats and will cover six stories, ranging from a kidnapped and incarcerated noblewoman to an archaeological dig. Players will be able to travel from site to site and “unlock” these tales, voiced by volunteers such as Alasdair Allan.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “While I have to admit not having been the most avid Minecraft gamer, I am very impressed by how accurately the team behind the project have recreated St Kilda.

“This project offers an excellent opportunity for people of all ages around Scotland to learn more about St. Kilda and discover remote and difficult to access parts of our country through technology and digital engagement.

“St Kilda is a vitally important part of our island heritage and it’s great to see such innovative ways of allowing people to share in it.”