Swona is a small island locked in the powerful tides of the Pentland Firth. It has a human history dating back thousands of years. The last remaining inhabitants left the island in 1974. Today it remains a time-capsule to a lost way of life and a sanctuary to many species of flora and fauna.

The title image shows an aerial photograph of Swona taken in 1962. Note the cultivated fields towards the north of the island and the whirling effects of the Ebb tide extending west from the northern and southern extremities, named The Wells of Swona.

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