"Island Man" spends a night on 162 Scottish islands

Monday, September 3, 2007

Correction — January 17, 2008
Per talk page, Andy Strangeway has stated that he completed the challenge on August 29, 2007, not September 3 as reported.

Andy Strangeway, 42, a painter and decorator from Yorkshire, has completed his quest to sleep on every Scottish island with an area of over 40 hectares.

Soay- the last island in Strangeway's collection

The quest, which began on the island of Barra, took four years and was completed on September 3, after Strangeway spent the night on the uninhabited island of Soay in the St. Kilda archipelago.

"I think it is the greatest adventure that this country has to offer - there is nothing more difficult and I don't think anybody else will achieve it in my lifetime. The enormity of what I've done is beginning to sink in," said Strangeway.

On many of the islands, he slept alone, accompanied only by his teddy bear, Clyde. Strangeway is the first person to complete this feat, and is currently writing a book about his experience that will be available in stores in October.