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Meaning of name "Island of Yew Trees"
Inchlonaig is located in Scotland
Inchlonaig shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NS380934
Coordinates 56°06′N 4°36′W / 56.10°N 4.60°W / 56.10; -4.60
Physical geography
Island group Loch Lomond
Area 80 ha[1]
Area rank 162= (Freshwater: 3) [2]
Highest elevation 62 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Population 0



Inchlonaig is an island in Loch Lomond in Scotland.

Inchlonaig viewed from Luss across Loch Lomond

Geography and geology[edit]

Inchlonaig is the most northerly of the larger islands in the Loch Lomond, just south of where it narrows into a ribbon loch, and north of Inchconnachan.[5]


Inchlonaig has traces of human habitation dating back to 5000BC.

Scattered across the island are yew trees. The travel writer, H.V. Morton visited in the 1930s, and mentions:

Inchclonaig [sic], the 'marsh isle' whose yew trees, it is said, were planted by Robert the Bruce for his archers.[6]

It is also stated that King Robert used this supply to make bows before the fourteenth century Battle of Bannockburn.[6][7][8] The island was thus of great value and the trees maintained with the utmost care.[9]

Strathcashel, a stronghold of the Dukes of Montrose was opposite Inchlonaig.[8]

Rob Roy fixed the amount of money he was to extort from Clan Colquhoun here.[8]

At various times, the island has been a deer park, especially by Sir James Colquhoun in the 17th century[5][9] and a place of confinement for drunkards and the mentally ill.[8]

In 1873, Sir James Colquhoun, the clan chief, and some ghillies drowned after going hunting here, and they are buried together at Luss.[8]

Current use[edit]

Shore on the east side of Inchlonaig

A stone cottage is now used as a holiday home.[7] The island is classified by the National Records of Scotland as an inhabited island that "had no usual residents at the time of either the 2001 or 2011 censuses."[10]

The beaches on the island are also a common location for campers who are looking for a more quiet campsite.


  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: Landranger map sheet 56 Loch Lomond & Inveraray (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319229811. 
  4. ^ "Overview of Inchlonaig". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Rev. John (1882). The Gazetteer of Scotland. Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnstone. 
  6. ^ a b Morton, H. V. (1933). In Scotland Again. London: Methuen. p. 145. 
  7. ^ a b "Loch Lomond Islands: Inchlonaig". Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Worsley, Harry (1988). Loch Lomond: The Loch, the Lairds and the Legends. Glasgow: Lindsay Publications. ISBN 978-1-898169-34-5. 
  9. ^ a b Garnett, T. (1800). Observations on a Tour of the Highlands ... London. V.1. p. 42.
  10. ^ 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.

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Coordinates: 56°6′22″N 4°36′16″W / 56.10611°N 4.60444°W / 56.10611; -4.60444