Gruinard Island, Scotland

Gruniard Island Scotland
Known as ‘Anthrax Island’, it was the site of a biological warfare test in 1942. Military scientists exposed 80 sheep with anthrax. Because of the long-term nature of anthrax, the island remained closed to the public for decades. In 1981, activists from the Scottish National Liberation Army left packages of anthrax-contaminated soil outside government facilities, to protest about the contamination. In 1990’s, the island was finally ‘decontaminated’. It remains uninhabited and locals are reluctant to visit.

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