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Looking southwest down Loch Finlaggan showing Eilean Mòr with Eilean na Comhairle more distant.
The tomb effigy of Domhnall Mac Gilleasbuig, crown tenant of Finlaggan during the 1540s.

Finlaggan (NR 388 680, Scottish Gaelic: Port an Eilein) is a historic site on Eilean Mòr in Loch Finlaggan. Loch, island, and Finlaggan Castle lie around two km to the northwest of Ballygrant on Islay.

Finlaggan was the seat of the Lords of the Isles and of Clan Donald. Two of the three islands that lie in the expansive scenery surrounding Loch Finlaggan,[1] Eilean Mor (large island) and Eilean na Comhairle (council isle), were the administrative centre of the Lordship of the Isles during the 13th to 15th centuries, until 1493 when the lordship of the Isles fell to James IV of Scotland, who administered the territory via a tenant-in-chief.

The Finlaggan Trust maintains the site and also refurbished a derelict cottage that has been converted into a comprehensive museum.[2] The centre contains numerous artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations: from a sheep wool quilted aketon, worn under armour, to an ancient cross related to the lords. The site has been the subject of recent archaeological investigations and hosted an episode of Channel 4's archaeological television programme Time Team in 1995. During summer 2008 the centre was extensively refurbished and extended. The stone walls of a medieval chapel dedicated to St Findlugan on Eilean Mor have been stabilised and several 16th century graves put on display and covered by large glass panels.


  1. ^ "A view from Finlaggan Loch video"
  2. ^ Scotland on TV Video interview with Donald Bell from Finlaggan Trust at the site's information centre

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Coordinates: 55°50′04″N 6°10′23″W / 55.83431°N 6.17304°W / 55.83431; -6.17304