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Meaning of name"Island of Yew Trees"
Inchlonaig is located in Scotland
Inchlonaig shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceNS380934
Coordinates56°06′N 4°36′W / 56.10°N 4.60°W / 56.10; -4.60
Physical geography
Island groupLoch Lomond
Area80 ha[1]
Area rank162= (Freshwater: 3) [2]
Highest elevation62 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaArgyll and Bute
References[3] [4]

Inchlonaig is an island in Loch Lomond in Scotland.

Inchlonaig viewed from Luss across Loch Lomond
Inchlonaig viewed from Luss across Loch Lomond

Geography and geology

Inchlonaig is the most northerly of the larger islands in the Loch Lomond, just south of where it narrows into a ribbon loch, and north of Inchconnachan.[5]


Inchlonaig has traces of human habitation dating back to 5000BC.

Scattered across the island are yew trees. The travel writer, H.V. Morton visited in the 1930s, and mentions:

Inchclonaig [sic], the 'marsh isle' whose yew trees, it is said, were planted by Robert the Bruce for his archers.[6]

It is also stated that King Robert used this supply to make bows before the fourteenth century Battle of Bannockburn.[6][7][8] The island was thus of great value and the trees maintained with the utmost care.[9]

Strathcashel, a stronghold of the Dukes of Montrose was opposite Inchlonaig.[8]

Rob Roy fixed the amount of money he was to extort from Clan Colquhoun here.[8]

At various times, the island has been a deer park, especially by Sir James Colquhoun in the 17th century[5][9] and a place of confinement for drunkards and the mentally ill.[8]

In 1873, Sir James Colquhoun, the clan chief, and some ghillies drowned after going hunting here, and they are buried together at Luss.[8]

Current use

Shore on the east side of Inchlonaig
Shore on the east side of Inchlonaig

A stone cottage is now used as a holiday home.[7] The island is classified by the National Records of Scotland as an inhabited island that "had no usual residents at the time of either the 2001 or 2011 censuses."[10]

The beaches on the island are also a common location for campers who are looking for a more quiet campsite.

See also


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 56 Loch Lomond & Inveraray (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319229811.
  4. ^ "Overview of Inchlonaig". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Rev. John (1882). The Gazetteer of Scotland. Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnstone.
  6. ^ a b Morton, H. V. (1933). In Scotland Again. London: Methuen. p. 145.
  7. ^ a b "Loch Lomond Islands: Inchlonaig". Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  8. ^ a b c d e Worsley, Harry (1988). Loch Lomond: The Loch, the Lairds and the Legends. Glasgow: Lindsay Publications. ISBN 978-1-898169-34-5.
  9. ^ a b Garnett, T. (1800). Observations on a Tour of the Highlands ... London. V.1. p. 42.
  10. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland's Inhabited Islands" (PDF). Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland Release 1C (Part Two) (PDF) (Report). SG/2013/126. Retrieved 14 August 2020.

Coordinates: 56°6′22″N 4°36′16″W / 56.10611°N 4.60444°W / 56.10611; -4.60444

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