The abandoned Scottish island where Picts went to heal
The Isle of May has long been abandoned by humans apart from the odd boat tour and visiting wildlife ranger sent to check on its impressive population of seabirds and seals.
But more than 1,000 years ago, the island in the mouth of the Firth of Forth, which measures just over a mile long, was a place bustling with human life - and acted as a place of sanctity and care for those close to death.
Breakthrough research published earlier this year identified the island as a centre for healing during the Pictish era, when people with serious illness ventured to the outcrop on their last journey... read more
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