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Inchmarnock

Inchmarnock is located a mile (1.5 km) to the west of St Ninian's Point, off the west coast of the Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute. Covering an area of 253 ha (625 acres) the island is relatively flat, the highest point being on a central ridge and is 60m (197 feet) in height, Inchmarnock is home to the largest colony of herring gulls in the Firth of Clyde and is a wintering ground for greylag geese. Although the buildings at Northpark are occasionally used by the owner of the island, the remainder of the buildings on the island lie empty or are derelict. Little remains of the chapel, St Marnoc's, that sat at the site of Midpark in the centre of the island. A bronze Age cairn was discovered at Northpark and held the remains of what became known as "The Queen of the Inch", a 3500 year old woman decorated in a jet bead necklace and with a dagger and housed beneath a glass panel. The island was bought by Lord Smith of Kelvin in 1999.


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