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Andy Strangeway (born 1965 in Londesboroughmarker, East Riding of Yorkshire), a decorator and islomaniac from the Yorkshire Woldsmarker, 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. One definition of an island is that used by Hamish Haswell-Smith in his book The Scottish Islands first published by Canongate in 1999. This list excludes bridged islands such as Skyemarker and tidal islands such as Oronsaymarker 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 Strangeways, by analogy with Highland peaks, known as Munros.

  • On 28 August 2007, Strangeway landed on Soaymarker, St. Kildamarker 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


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