9 Scottish islands where barely anyone lives

They are perhaps the ultimate retreat from the modern world.

Holm of Grimbister in Orkney

Scotland has dozens of inhabited islands but many now have just the smallest of populations. Here were look at nine where solitude is king.

With 20 residents at the last official count, Grimsay was connected to neighbouring North Uist and Benbecula in 1960 with the opening of the North Ford Causeway, making life a little easier for those who call it home. PIC: Visit Scotland.

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With a population of 90, this island was first inhabited 5,000 years ago. The settlement of Caolas is the westernmost permanently inhabited place in Great Britain. PIC: Pixabay.
Just three people have lived on Holm of Grimbister in Orkney in recent years. Described as the country's loneliest farm, the island and its cottage is now due to be sold. PIC: Savills/Contributed.
Inner Holm in Orkney, just off the coast at Stromness, has just once permanent resident. It is connected to the mainland at low tide with the island's six-bedroom house recently up for sale. PIC: Creative Commons.
JM Barrie once leased Eilean Shona to write parts of Peter Pan. Today, two people live here in what was once a thriving crofting community. Its house and cottages are used for weddings and holidays. PIC: Colin Baird/Creative Commons.
Three people live on this beautiful Orkney island, where was once the winter home of Viking chieftain Sweyn Asleifsson. In the 19th Century, around 70 people farmed here. PIC: WL Tarbert/Creative Commons.
This island is home to 12th Century Inchcolm Abbey, built after King Alexander I sought shelter here during a storm, and two permanent residents. PIC: Flickr/4652 Paces/CC.
Three people live on Soay off the Isle of Skye, including a married couple who spend most of the year on the island by themselves. PIC: TSPL.