Cairn na Burgh Beag

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Cairn na Burgh Beag
Gaelic name Cairn na Burgh Beag
Norse name Kiarnaborg
Meaning of name (small) "fort on good land"
Cairn na Burgh Beag is located in Argyll and Bute
Cairn na Burgh Beag
Cairn na Burgh Beag
Cairn na Burgh Beag shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NM308449
Coordinates 56°31′N 6°23′W / 56.52°N 6.38°W / 56.52; -6.38
Physical geography
Island group Treshnish Isles
Area 1.2 ha
Highest elevation 22 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Population 0
References [1][2][3][4]

Cairn na Burgh Beag is one of the Treshnish Isles in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

The Treshnish Isles from above Port Haunn on Mull. Nearest are Cairn na Burgh Beag and Cairn na Burgh Mòr. Behind are the low flat island of Fladda and the tallest island, Lunga, which obscures Bac Mòr and Bac Beag beyond.

Cairn na Burgh Beag is the smaller of the two "Carnburgs" (as they are nicknamed) at the northeastern end of the Treshnish Isles in the Inner Hebrides - the other being Cairn na Burgh Mòr. Cairnburgh Castle, which guards the entrance to Loch Tuath on the west coast of Mull is primarily located on the larger of the pair. However, an unusual feature of the castle its that its defences straddle both islands, Cairn na Burgh Beag having a small guard-house and a well.[5]

These grassy islands are both remnants of ancient lava flows, and have a distinctive profile: flat-topped and trimmed with cliffs.


  1. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  2. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey
  4. ^ "Overview of Cairn na Burgh Beg". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Cairnburgh Castle". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 30 May 2010.

Coordinates: 56°31′10″N 6°22′35″W / 56.51944°N 6.37639°W / 56.51944; -6.37639