Some islands were used for military purposes, for the construction of individual buildings or for permanent settlements in which people lived for centuries. However, loss of strategic position, natural disasters, nuclear tests or simply wish to live in civilization, led to the abandonment of these islands. This is a list of abandoned islands, where time has stopped, where homes, buildings and streets standing untouched for decades.
1. Hirta, Scotland, UK
|Street in the abandoned village Currently, temporary residents of this island are defence personnel, conservation workers, volunteers and scientists who spend time here during the summer months.|
2. Holland Island, Maryland, USA
|Island in 2008 Holland Island is a marshy, rapidly-eroding island in the Chesapeake Bay, in Dorchester County,Maryland, west of Salisbury. The island was once inhabited by watermen and farmers, but has since been abandoned.|
3. North Brother Island, New York, USA
4. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
5. Hashima Island, Japan
6. Great Blasket Island, Ireland
7. Stroma, Scotland, UK
8. Great Isaac Cay, Bahamas
Great Isaac Cay is a small Bahamian island located about 20 miles (32 km) of the Bimini Islands. It is accessible only by boat. The most prominent feature of the island is its lighthouse, which was erected in 1859, and stands about 151 feet (46 m) tall. In 1969 the island was abandoned by the two keepers who were guarding the lighthouse and other buildings.
The grounds are open to the public, although the lighthouse itself has had stairs removed to block access to the interior of that structure. The keepers’ house, cistern, and assorted buildings are crumbling into ruins. The derelict collection of abandoned buildings make Great Isaac Cay apopular destination for boaters.
9. Pollepel Island, New York, USA
|The ruins of Bannerman's castle The principal feature on the island is Bannerman's Castle, an abandoned military surplus warehouse. Today, the castle is property of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is mostly in ruins. While the exterior walls still stand, all the internal floors and non-structural walls have since burned down. The island has been the victim of vandalism, trespass, neglect and decay.|