Garbh Eileach

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Garbh Eileach
Gaelic nameGarbh Eileach
Meaning of namerough rock[1]
Garbh Eileach is located in Argyll and Bute
Garbh Eileach
Garbh Eileach
Garbh Eileach shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid referenceNM665115
Coordinates56°14′N 5°46′W / 56.24°N 5.77°W / 56.24; -5.77
Physical geography
Island groupGarvellachs
Area142 hectares (0.55 sq mi)
Area rank127= [2]
Highest elevation110 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaArgyll and Bute

Garbh Eileach is an uninhabited island in the Inner Hebrides of the west coast of Scotland. It is the largest of the Garvellachs and lies in the Firth of Lorne between Mull and Argyll.

The name is Gaelic for "rough rock".[1] The Anglicised version of the name gives the whole group of islands its name, the Garvellachs.

Bothy on Garbh Eileach

There is a small ruined fort above a bay on the eastern coast.[6]


  1. ^ a b Mac an Tàilleir (2003) p. 53
  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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  5. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  6. ^ Pallister, Marian (2005) Lost Argyll: Argyll's Lost Heritage. Edinburgh. Birlinn. Page 133.


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Coordinates: 56°14′35″N 5°45′54″W / 56.243°N 5.765°W / 56.243; -5.765