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Beach on Inchcruin
Beach on Inchcruin

Inchcruin is an island in Loch Lomond in Scotland. It is not to be confused with Creinch, which has occasionally been referred to as "Inchcroin".


Inchcruin is one of an island group just south of Luss. It is 34 mile (1.2 kilometres) long, and 50 feet (15 metres) in elevation at its highest point.[1] Its name means "round island" in the Scottish Gaelic language, although it is not round, but a rather jagged shape.[2] It has a couple of beaches, and is wooded, with some open fields.[1]

Only a very narrow channel, called the Geggles separates Inchcruin from Inchmoan. At only 3–4 ft (90–120 cm) deep, it is sometimes possible to wade between the islands.[3][4]


The travel writer, H.V. Morton visited Loch Lomond in the 1930s, and mentions Inchcruin briefly and wrongly as "Inchcruim".[5]

In the 18th century it was used as an asylum for the insane.[6] It contains one house, around 200 years old, which was inhabited in the past by people who farmed on the island. It is now a holiday retreat.

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."[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Stories and Facts about the Islands of Loch Lomond". Callander, Trossachs and Loch Lomond Guide. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  2. ^ "Inchcruin - Loch Lomond". Loch Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Inchcruin - The Round Island". Islands of Loch Lomond. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  4. ^ Worsley, Harry Loch Lomond: The Loch, the Lairds and the Legends ISBN 978-1-898169-34-5 Lindsay Publications (Glasgow) 1988
  5. ^ Morton, H. V. In Scotland Again (1933), Methuen London - p145
  6. ^ Garnett, T. (1800). Observations on a Tour of the Highlands ... London. V.1. p. 42.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ The National Records of Scotland (2013) referred to "Inchruin", which is presumably a typographical error.

Coordinates: 56°5′11″N 4°35′44″W / 56.08639°N 4.59556°W / 56.08639; -4.59556

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