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Sanda Island

An island located 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the Kintyre Peninsula, in the Sound of Sanda of Argyll and Bute, Sanda Island is an uninhabited island of 127 ha (314 acres) in size. Privately owned, the island was once home to a thriving fishing community but now is predominantly used for grazing sheep. The ruined remains of St Ninian's Chapel and of various other buildings are found in the sheltered central area of the island. The highest point of the island, a 123m (403 feet) hill, sits to the east of the island. Surrounded by dangerous skerries, the island has had a lighthouse since 1850, which is located on its most southerly point. To the north lie to island outliers, Glunimore Island, which is little more than a rock, and Sheep Island. Its population fell when the lighthouse was automated; 7 (1961), 9 (1971), 0 (1981), 0 (1991), 1 (2001) and 0 (2011).


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