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Field Visit

Date June 1981

Event ID 1082713

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


This small stony island in the middle of Loch Leathan appears to be partly artificial in origin. It has a boulder strewn shoreline and there is a boat-inlet in the NE sector. The low summit-area is occupied by the foundations of a building of indeterminate, but probably originally rectangular plan, which has been considerably altered at the S end by the construction of three duck-shooting hides in modern times. A tradition relating to an episode in 1647, when Alasdair MacDonald was fired upon with arrows from this island, suggests that it was considered to be a 'castle' at that period; but there are no surviving remains to confirm that it has been fortified to any degree. A conventional building is shown on the island on Pont's map of about 1590 (en.2).

RCAHMS 1992, visited June 1981

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