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Gaelic nameInnis Chonachain
Meaning of nameThe Colquhoun's Island
Inchconnachan is located in West Dunbartonshire
Inchconnachan shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceNS375918
Coordinates56°05′28″N 4°36′43″W / 56.091°N 4.612°W / 56.091; -4.612
Physical geography
Island groupLoch Lomond
Area35 ha[1]
Area rank(Freshwater: 12) [2]
Highest elevation50 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaArgyll and Bute
Population~60 Wallabies
Boats moored at Inchconnachan

Inchconnachan (Innis Chonachain in Gaelic, meaning 'The Colquhoun's Island') is an island in Loch Lomond in Scotland.[5]

The 1920s wooden bungalow near to the narrows was the holiday home of the family of Lady Arran Colquhoun.


Red necked wallaby (picture taken in North Florida)

Wallabies, of the species Macropus rufogriseus (Red-necked Wallaby), were introduced by Lady Colquhoun in the 1940s, and still roam wild. It is one of the very few places outside Australia which has a viable population of wallabies.[6]

More recently, there has been great controversy over them, and it has been suggested that they should be culled, or eradicated, as they supposedly threaten the capercaillie population.[7] The cull has proven controversial, as some tourists visit the area specifically to see them, and because some animal rights activists consider it cruel.[8] Iain Sheves, factor for Luss Estates, has said,

"If it comes down a decision between rare native species, which are perhaps better served by being on an island because of predation issues, and a non indigenous population of creatures which shouldn’t really be there then we’ve got to go with the native species every time.
"I would hope that people come to Scotland to see native wildlife and habitats rather than a quirk of history.
"Ultimately, we all have a responsibility to try and promote and protect our native wildlife. To disregard that in order to maintain a tourist oddity is not the right thing to do."[9]

Others are skeptical that the wallabies even pose a threat to the capercaillies, as they have lived together for at least 60 years, with no obvious harm done by the wallabies. They also argue that the capercaillies could fly to another island if the wallabies were creating too many problems.[10]

Over the years, there have been several unauthorized cullings, which have shocked Scottish locals and tourists visiting the island, who stumble upon, the often mutilated, bodies of the island's wallabies. No perpetrators have been found, and the motive is unknown. [11]


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  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. ^ Ordnance Survey
  4. ^ "Overview of Inchconnachan". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  5. ^ Steven, Alasdair (10 June 2013). "Obituary: Countess Arran, power-boat champion". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Loch Lomond Islands: Inchconnachan". Loch Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  7. ^ Scottish Daily Record, 06/06/2009 Colony of Wallabies set for cull
  8. ^ The Scottish Sun Wallabies butchered
  9. ^ Wallabies face being wiped out Jun 5 2009 by Marc McLean, Lennox Herald
  10. ^ "Loch Lomond wallabies set for cull to protect local wildlife". 2009-06-05.
  11. ^ McGivern, Mark (2017-08-14). "Wallaby colony on Loch Lomond under attack from macabre killer". dailyrecord. Retrieved 2019-05-08.

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Coordinates: 56°5′24″N 4°36′54″W / 56.09000°N 4.61500°W / 56.09000; -4.61500