Sweyn Holm

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Note: There is also a "Sweyn Holm" off St Ninian's Isle, Shetland

Sweyn Holm is a small island in the Orkney Islands, next to Gairsay.

It is thought to be named for Sweyn Asleifsson (Sveinn),[1] who was connected with Gairsay or possibly a corruption of "servant's island" in Norse.

Geography and geology[edit]

Sweyn Holm is made up of red sandstone.[1]


  1. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 

Coordinates: 59°5′23″N 2°57′4″W / 59.08972°N 2.95111°W / 59.08972; -2.95111