Sweyn Holm

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Sweyn Holm
Ruin on Sweyn Holm
Ruin on Sweyn Holm
Sweyn Holm is located in Orkney Islands
Sweyn Holm
Sweyn Holm
Sweyn Holm shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY455227
Coordinates 59°05′N 2°57′W / 59.09°N 2.95°W / 59.09; -2.95
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands
Population 0

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