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Tour the eerie Scottish island of Swona - abandoned for over 40 years

Swona, in the Orkney Isles, was last inhabited more than 40 years ago. Since at least the early 1930s, just one family - the Rosies - called it home with the last brother and sister sailing off for the final time in 1974.

Today, only a herd of feral cattle can be found on the island in the Pentland Firth, which sits around seven miles north of John o’ Groats. Swona was one described by a newspaper - the Press and Journal - as “surely one of the queerest places of residence” in the British Isles given the isolation of its residents.

A derelict cottage on the island of Swona whose last residents left in 1974.

1. Abandoned village

A derelict cottage on the island of Swona whose last residents left in 1974.
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The east of the island has a number of caves.

2. Caves

The east of the island has a number of caves.
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It is thought this is what's left of the Pennsylvania. The shipwreck is located on the rocks near The Brook on Swona.

3. Remains of a shipwreck

It is thought this is what's left of the Pennsylvania. The shipwreck is located on the rocks near The Brook on Swona.
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Chambered Cairn on the Tarf on Swona, Orkney Islands.

4. Chambered Cairn

Chambered Cairn on the Tarf on Swona, Orkney Islands.
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