This Island Off Scotland’s Shores Looks Idyllic, But It’s Been Hiding A Sickening Secret Since WWII

Off the coast of Scotland lies a lonely, desolate island. Eerily empty, completely devoid of trees and people, it’s a creepy sounding – and looking – location. But there’s an horrific explanation for that, and it’s the same reason that the place was off limits for nearly half a century. Welcome to the Island of Death.

Lying less than a mile from the coast of Scotland, Gruinard, to give the island its proper name, was actually populated for centuries. Measuring 1.2 miles long, and little more than half a mile wide, the first references in history to the oval-shaped isle date back to the 1500s. Local cleric Donald Munro’s diary is among the first written descriptions of the place. And it appears that he wasn’t a fan.

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