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Vow, Eilean


(Eilean Vhow, Island I Vow)

A small wooded island in Loch Lomond, Eilean Vow (also Eilean Vhow and, probably erroneously, as Island I Vow on Ordnance Survey maps), lies 2 miles (3 km) south southeast of Ardlui, at the head of the loch, and 2½ miles (4 km) north northwest of Inversnaid. A tower-house was built here in the 16th century by Clan Macfarlane. James VI (1566 - 1625) is said to have visited but the clan moved to Arrochar in 1697, although the Eilean Voe was said to have still been inhabited in 1743. Abandoned by the early 19th century, except for a hermit living in the vaulted basement, the castle is now thoroughly ruined with little visible above that basement. It is said that some of the trees on the island were planted by Robert the Bruce (1274 - 1329).


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