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Scottish Gaelic nameInnis Taigh a' Mhanaich
Meaning of nameisland of the monk's house
Inchtavannach is located in West Dunbartonshire
Inchtavannach shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceNS365915
Coordinates56°05′N 4°38′W / 56.08°N 4.63°W / 56.08; -4.63
Physical geography
Island groupLoch Lomond
Area70 ha[1]
Area rank174= (Freshwater: 4) [2]
Highest elevationTom na Clag 84 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaArgyll and Bute
Population rank80= (Freshwater: 2=) [2]

Inchtavannach (Scottish Gaelic: Innis Taigh a' Mhanaich; English: Island of the Monk's House), is one of the larger islands in Loch Lomond.[6]


Inchtavannach faces the settlement of Aldochlay. Bandry Bay separates the island from the mainland, just south of Luss. According to Rev. Wilson, the island is "comparatively steep and lofty, mostly covered with natural oak".[7] A northern summit, Tom nan Clag (English: Mound of the Bell), rises steeply to 282 feet (86 m), the highest point on the loch.[6] A southern summit reaches 180 feet (55 m) in height.


Bay on Inchtavannach

It is thought that St Kessog was killed here.

It was once the site of a monastery, giving rise to its translated name of 'Monk's Isle'. A large house has stood on the site of the monastery since 1760. The island is predominantly wooded. It is here that the monks rang the bell to the call of prayer.

Roe Deer are recorded to have lived here. Sir James Colquhoun built a winding path up to the summit in the 17th century.[6]

The poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, together with Wordsworth's sister Dorothy, visited in August 1803.[8]

The producer of Take the High Road Brian Mahoney lived in a house on the island for ten years.[9]


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ a b 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). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland's Inhabited Islands" (PDF). Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland Release 1C (Part Two) (PDF) (Report). SG/2013/126. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 56 Loch Lomond & Inveraray (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319229811.
  5. ^ Lacaille, AD (9 January 1928). "Ecclesiastical Remains in the Neighbourhood of Luss" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 62: 85–106.
  6. ^ a b c Garnett, T. (1800). Observations on a Tour of the Highlands ... London. V.1. p. 38.
  7. ^ Wilson, Rev. John The Gazetteer of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone
  8. ^ "Overview of Inchtavannach". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Introduction to Loch Lomond Islands". Callander, Trossachs and Loch Lomond. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2008-10-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Coordinates: 56°5′18″N 4°37′38″W / 56.08833°N 4.62722°W / 56.08833; -4.62722