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Inch-Cailloch, Stirlingshire

Historical Description

INCH-CAILLOCH, an isle, in the parish of Buchanan, county of Stirling. This beautiful island, the name of which signifies the "Isle of Old Women", is situated in Loch Lomond, and is one of a cluster in that magnificent and celebrated lake. It lies close to the shore, about two miles distant in a line westward from the church of Buchanan, and is a mile in length, elevated, and covered with wood, except where cultivated for wheat and oats, which it produces of very good quality. Here formerly stood a nunnery, the church attached to which was once the parochial church of Buchanan; but owing to the inconvenience arising from crossing to the island in boisterous weather, divine service was transferred to a chapel near the house of Buchanan. This place is the property of the Duke of Montrose.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis