Andy Strangeway (born
1965 in Londesborough, East Riding of
Yorkshire), a decorator and islomaniac from the Yorkshire Wolds, is the first - and so far the only - person to
complete the challenge of landing and sleeping on all 162 of
Scotland's islands of 40 hectares and above.
of an island is that used by Hamish Haswell-Smith in his book
The Scottish Islands
first published by Canongate in 1999.
excludes bridged islands such as Skye and tidal
islands such as Oronsay that are much larger than 40 hectares..
Strangeway's definition is simply "a piece of land surrounded by
sea that you can't walk to". It has subsequently been suggested
that these islands be collectively referred to as
, by analogy with Highland peaks, known as
28 August 2007,
Strangeway landed on Soay, St.
Kilda becoming the first person on record to land on all
of the major Scottish islands.
- On 29 August he become the first
person to sleep on them all.
- Scottish Island Explorer magazine January-February 2008
- John Muir Trust Journal – October 2007