The eerie island of Stroma remembered

Eerie new photographs of an abandoned Scottish island

Its last resident left in 1962 - but traces of human life on this abandoned Scottish island can be found all around.

Stroma in the Pentland Firth sits between the mainland and Orkney and was once home to a vibrant community of crofters, fishermen and their families. Today, only a crumbling shell of that community now remains.

Photographer Gavin Bird has captured traces of human life on the abandoned island of Stroma in the Pentland Firth. The last resident left in 1962.

1. The last islanders

Photographer Gavin Bird has captured traces of human life on the abandoned island of Stroma in the Pentland Firth. The last resident left in 1962.
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It was once a vibrant community of daring and skilful islanders living amid the treacherous tides that separate the mainland from Orkney.

2. "Daring and skillful" islanders

It was once a vibrant community of daring and skilful islanders living amid the treacherous tides that separate the mainland from Orkney.
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Around 375 people lived on Stroma in 1901 but fell away to just over 100 by 1949. By the early 1960s, just 12 permanent residents remained.

3. The last ones standing

Around 375 people lived on Stroma in 1901 but fell away to just over 100 by 1949. By the early 1960s, just 12 permanent residents remained.
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Around 50 cottages once stood on the island A shop, a school and a church could also be found.

4. Home was where the heart was

Around 50 cottages once stood on the island A shop, a school and a church could also be found.
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