Bac Mòr

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Bac Mòr
Gaelic name Bac Mòr
Meaning of name large bank or obstacle
Bac Mòr Dutchman's Cap-edit.jpg
Location
Bac Mòr is located in Argyll and Bute
Bac Mòr
Bac Mòr
Bac Mòr shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NM243387
Coordinates 56°27′N 6°28′W / 56.45°N 6.47°W / 56.45; -6.47
Physical geography
Island group Treshnish Isles
Area ha
Highest elevation Dutchman's Cap 86 m
Administration
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Demographics
Population 0[1]
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References [2][3]

Bac Mòr is a Scottish island, one of the Treshnish Isles,[3] sometimes referred to as The Dutchman's Cap in English due to its shape.[2]

Origin of name[edit]

The Gaelic name has more than one possible interpretation. Mòr means large (as opposed to Bac Beag, its smaller sister), but Bac can mean a "bank", or also an "obstacle" or "hindrance". The island's profile is one of the more distinctive amongst the Scottish Islands.

Geology[edit]

Bac Mòr from Lunga

Bac Mòr is of ancient volcanic origin, and the peak in the middle is a former cone. The low lying plain surrounding it is formed from a glassy lava field.

Despite having no safe landing places, there are the remains of summer sheilings on the island.

Wildlife[edit]

The Treshnish Isles are uninhabited and are owned by a charity, The Hebridean Trust. They are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area due to their importance for breeding seabirds. There are also a number of wildflowers there.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ a b Ordnance Survey. "View: Sheet 44, Coll and Tiree - Ordnance Survey One-inch to the mile maps of Great Britain, Seventh Series, 1952-1961". National Library of Scotland. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 

Coordinates: 56°27′37″N 6°28′31″W / 56.46028°N 6.47528°W / 56.46028; -6.47528