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Spoon-bender buys Scottish island

The Lamb (Pic: Lisa Jarvis)
The island is about 900 yards off the coast at North Berwick

Celebrity spoon-bender Uri Geller has bought a tiny Scottish island he believes has links to the pyramids at Giza and the Knights Templar.

Geller paid 30,000 for The Lamb, an uninhabited lump of volcanic rock in the Firth of Forth.

He claimed he felt a "strong instinctive urge" to buy it after reading it was for sale.

The self-proclaimed "mystifier" said he is convinced the island is one of the most significant sites in the UK.

The Lamb is the middle of three rocky islands - the others being Craigleith and Fidra - which are said to mirror the layout of the pyramids at Giza, in Egypt.

It is one of the keystones to British mythology, and I am thrilled to be its owner
Uri Geller

The island covers an area of just 100 yards by 50 yards.

Geller said: "I am fascinated by the connection between the pyramids and these islands.

"The connection has been known for centuries - you can read about it in a 15th century manuscript called the Scotichronicon by Walter Bower the Abbot of Inchcolm.

"So when I heard Lamb Island was for sale I felt a strong instinctive urge to buy it - and the more I delved into the history and the archaeological lore which surrounds it, the more certain I became that this is one of the most significant sites in Britain."

The owner of the island is unlikely to gain planning consent to build on it as it is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area and has a colony of seabirds.

There are no landing facilities on the island, and access can only be gained by chartered boat - which can be hazardous as landing is only possible on the rocks.

Uri Geller
Geller paid less than half the 75,000 asking price

The island was sold by Brazilian-born internet entrepreneur Camilo Agasim-Pereira, who owns the Barony of Dirleton.

He had been bequeathed it in 2002, but had never set foot on it.

The asking price was 75,000, but a figure of just 30,000 was settled on after negotiations.

"This island has links not only to the pyramids, but to King Arthur, King Robert the Bruce and to the ancient Kings of Ireland too," Geller added.

"It might seem forbidding, and it is certainly uninhabitable, but it is one of the keystones to British mythology, and I am thrilled to be its owner.

"I might need a helicopter, but I am determined to set foot on my island soon."

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