Loch Lomond Islands
Here is a quick guide to all of Loch Lomond Islands, together with a brief introduction and photographs. I’ve also linked to a few other See Loch Lomond guides where you will find more detail.
Aber Isle can be found at the mouth of the River Endrick. One of the islands that is just a collection of stones and vegetation reaching out above the water. This is part of the Loch Lomond Nature Reserve.
Translated as the Island of goats, although these are now long gone. The island is covered by trees and part of the series of islands between Luss and Balmaha.
A tiny island, mainly rock. This is one of the Loch Lomond islands that belongs to the National Trust for Scotland.
Located just east of Inchcailloch this is a flat island, covered in oaks. This island was owned at points in time by Clan Buchanan. They used ‘Clair Innis as their battle cry.
The best view is from Conic Hill, where you can see a collection of islands and the impact of the Highland Boundary Fault Line which cuts through the loch and some of its islands. This is part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve.
Eilean nan Deargannan
A small island, just off of Rowardennan. Best viewed from the water, with Ben Lomond towering up close behind it. Known as the purple island.
In the lowlands part of the loch which is below the line of the Highland Boundary Fault. This small island can be found just off its larger neighbour Inchfad island.
The closest island to Luss, it is narrow in shape and rocky. Due to its proximity to Luss it is said to have been used as a prison in days gone by. Mainly used for people of modest crimes who were sent to cool off.
One of the most popular and beautiful islands. It can be reached by ferry from Balmaha and Luss. There are excellent views across to other islands from the summit and there is a beautiful beach at the southern end. The island is covered in bluebells each spring.
Apprached through the ‘narrows’ Inchconnachan is home to a colony of wallabies, introduced in the 1920’s. They do exist, it’s not a tall story, the shy animals are most likely to be seen first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Gaeilc for round island, which is puzzling as it is not. There is a holiday home on the island.
A long flat island, best viewed from Inchcailloch Island’s summit. This was the home of an illicit whisky distillery in the 19th century. In 1952 Ann Davison wrote a book that was published called ‘Home was an Island’ all about her time spent living on Inchfad and Inchmrrin islands. She then went on to become the first woman to sail single handed across the Atlantic. There are good views of Conic Hill from the island.
Thought to be an artificial island, built in the Iron Age, as a safe place. There is a ruined castle on the island.
One of the most famous of Loch Lomond’s islands, as this was where King Robert The Bruce grew yew trees in the 14th century. The wood from these trees were used for making bows for the use in the Battle of Bannockburn. ‘The Island of Yew Trees’.
A stunning spot on a sunny day, where you will find deserted sandy beaches. Cutting across the island is more difficult with thick rhododendron. There is an old ruined hunting lodge on the island.
The largest of the Loch Lomond islands and home to a hotel, holiday accommodation and farm. These are all run by the Scott family who have been on the island for a number of years. There is an on demand ferry from Arden Roundabout on the A82 to the island. Take a short walk from the hotel to find a ruined castle that has excellent views across the loch.
You get excellent views of this island when going through the narrows. It is close to the mainland and can be found just south of Luss.
Once the property of Clan Macfarlane, who had gained the reputation of being cattle thieves. The castle on their island was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s army and still lies in ruins today.
Island I Vow
Another island with a ruined castle. This one has a dungeon that you can still get into today. There has been comprehensive archeology of this island, which is located at the northern end of the loch. In fact this is Loch Lomond’s most northernly island.
The Ross Islands
Two small rocky islands sticking out of the water. Back in 1850 ones of Loch Lomond’s early steamers ran aground on one of them.
Just off of Tarbet, on the western shores of Loch Lomond. Tarbet is the base of Cruise Loch Lomond and as you’ll discover from the commentary on their cruises Tarbet Isle is also known as Honeymoon Island. The idea being that if newlyweds could manage a week living together on this small island then the chances of the marriage lasting were quite high!
Tor is translated into tower - there isn’t a tower on the island, but maybe the tower of rock gave it its name. Torrinch is close to Inchcailloch Island.
Finally Wallace’s Island, at the mouth of Inveruglas Water. Legend has it that William Wallace hid here, hence the name. This story isn’t confirmed and maybe just legend.
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