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Inch-Tavanach, Dumbartonshire

Historical Description

INCH-TAVANACH, an isle, in the parish of Luss, county of Dumbarton; one of the numerous islands in Loch Lomond, and lying near the west margin of the lake, between Ross-dhu and the village of Luss. The name signifies "the Island of the Monk"; and the isle appears to have been a place of retirement for some contemplative hermit. This is the loftiest land in the loch, and is chiefly composed of grey granite, with some rocks of micaceous schistus, and quantities of quartz. Inch-Tavanach is about three-quarters of a mile in length and three furlongs in breadth, and is largely covered with wood and heath, some out-field occasionally producing good crops. A family resides upon it.

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