Inchcailloch, Balmaha

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Inchcailloch is an island on Loch Lomond in Scotland. It is 85 m at its highest point. It is also known to some as Inchebroida.
The name Inchcailloch means "Isle of the old woman" or "Isle of the Cowled Woman" in the Scottish Gaelic language. Saint Kentigerna went to Scotland from Ireland to preach and spread Christianity and the island is thought to be named after her.
Inchmurrin, Creinch, Torrinch, and Inchcailloch all form part of the Highland boundary fault.
There is a burial ground in the north of the island, and a bay, Port Bawn (Port Bàn; White Port), in the south.
Like many of the Loch Lomond islands, it is quite heavily wooded.
There is a passenger ferry across the short channel separating it from Balmaha on the mainland. As a result, it receives more visitors than most of the Loch Lomond islands, currently 20,000 visitors per year. There is a camp site in the south at Port Bawn and a nature trail.
Inchcailloch has been used as a hunting forest since the reign of Robert the Bruce. Deer still roam the island. White deer have been seen on the island in 2003. The narrow crossing is very shallow making an easy passage for deer to ford. The island was farmed until the early 19th century, being recorded in 1800 as producing good wheat and oats; the ruins of the farm can still be seen. For around 130 years, Inchcailloch was an oak plantation. The resulting timber was processed at Balmaha (on the site of the Highland Way Inn), for making wood vinegar (pyroligneous acid), wood tar, and dye.
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  • We visited the island on the first boat of the day from Luss & were the only passengers to depart on the island so had it to ourselves, except for the deer, squirrels, birds & probably a few ghosts. T...  more »
  • If you're looking for a beautiful but manageable walk anything from an hour to three hours long to do with out ung children or your granny, this is a great option. You start from the Balmaha Boat Yard...  more »
  • Coming from North Devon, we are spoilt by beautiful and stunning scenery at every turn and was sceptical on finding a rival to it's beauty. Scotland is that place and Inchcailloch has one of the best ...  more »
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