Cara Island

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Cara Island
Location
Cara Island is located in Argyll and Bute
Cara Island
Cara Island
Cara Island shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NR639440
Names
Gaelic name About this sound Cara 
Meaning of name may be "Kari's island" or "dearest"
Area and summit
Area 66 hectares (0.25 sq mi)
Area rank 178=[1]
Highest elevation 56 metres (184 ft)
Population
Population 0
Groupings
Island group Islay
Local Authority Argyll and Bute
Flag of Scotland.svg Lymphad3.svg
References [2][3][4][5]

Cara Island (Scottish Gaelic: Cara, pronounced [kʰaɾə]) is a small island which is located off the west coast of Kintyre in Scotland.

Geography and etymology[edit]

Cara from the air

Cara is 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) south of Gigha. It is accessible from Gigha, if you can find a local boatman who will take you over. The best view from the mainland is from the beach opposite Beachmenach Farm, about half way between Tayinloan and Muasdale.

Cara has a translation in Gaelic as "dearest" or "dear one". Cara is a popular girl's name in the local area and in Scotland in general.

History[edit]

Joan Blaeu's 1654 Atlas of Scotland, with Gigha and Cara in the centre. The map is oriented with west at the top.

Cara is owned by Mr MacDonald Lockhart of Kintyre[6] and is reputed to be the only island still in the possession of a direct descendant of the Lords of the Isles.[7]

The only habitable building on the island is Cara House,[7] but that is derelict.[6]

The liner Aska was sunk on 22 September 1940 on rocks northwest of the island after being struck by German bombers.

Wildlife[edit]

Cara is well known for a herd of feral goats, which still thrive on the wild landscape.

Mythology[edit]

Mull of Cara, near Broonie's Chair

Cara is famous as the home of the Uruisg/broonie, the familiar spirit of the Macdonald of Largie family. A rock formation known as the Broonie's Chair is found at the extreme southern tip of the island. It is said that the Broonie may grant a secret wish made when you sit in his chair.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/.
  5. ^ Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9
  6. ^ a b Cara House at britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, accessed 30 October 2012
  7. ^ a b "The Island of Cara". Kintyre on Record. Retrieved 3 May 2011.

Coordinates: 55°38′N 5°45′W / 55.633°N 5.750°W / 55.633; -5.750