Inner Holm

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Inner Holm
Norse name Unknown
Meaning of name inner rounded islet
Inner Holm from MV Hamnavoe
Inner Holm from MV Hamnavoe
Inner Holm is located in Orkney Islands
Inner Holm
Inner Holm
Inner Holm shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY259087
Coordinates 58°57′36″N 3°17′20″W / 58.96°N 3.289°W / 58.96; -3.289
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Area c. 2 hectares (4.9 acres)
Highest elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands
Population 1[1]
Population rank 89= [2]
References [3]

Inner Holm is a small inhabited island in Stromness harbour and one of the Orkney islands of Scotland.

It is about 350 metres (1,150 ft) east of the harbour front of Stromness but it is connected to the Orkney Mainland shore at low tide on the opposite side of the bay. The larger islet of Outer Holm, to which Inner Holm is also connected at low tide, lies to the south.[3] The waters of Cairston Roads, part of Scapa Flow, lie to the east.

Although not recorded as permanently inhabited in 2001[4] according to the 2011 census there was a single inhabitant both at that time and in 2001 when the total for the islet was included with that of Orkney itself.[1] There built structures are at the north end and a stony causeway allows for vehicular access at low tides.[3] A small wind turbine has been erected on the west coast.

The SS Gnome ran aground on 23 January 1857 while entering Stromness harbour "on the Holme side". It is thought she was successfully recovered from a position between the Inner and Outer Holm.[5]


  1. ^ a b National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  3. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  4. ^ General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Scotland's Census 2001 – Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Gnome, Stromness Harbour Entrance". CANMORE. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
Inner Holm from Stromness harbour at mid-tide

Coordinates: 58°57′34″N 3°17′21″W / 58.95944°N 3.28917°W / 58.95944; -3.28917

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