Scotland's most remote and beautiful islands

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Sanday, a Scottish island inhabited by only six people, has just got its first road – an unpaved 1.5-mile track that locals says will "transform" their lives. Many of Scotland's 790 islands are still impossibly remote – and beautiful. Here are some of Telegraph Travel's favourites. 


Sanday has a big sister. Neighbouring Canna, to which it is linked by a bridge. But it isn't much bigger. The most westerly of the Small Isles archipelago, Canna's population is just 12 - or one per square kilometre. Owned by the National Trust, it is a bird sanctuary and breeding colony for Manx Shearwaters and sea eagles. The trust's ownership, and restrictions it has placed on building and development, is said to have contributed to Canna's dwindling population. There is no mobile phone coverage and the island's post office is found in a converted shed.

Contributions from Gavin Bell, Patrick Barkham, Louise Roddon, Greg Dickinson and Oliver Smith


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