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Inchmurrin

An island at the south end of Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin is the largest and most southerly of the islands in the loch. With Creinch, Torrinch and Inchcailloch, it forms part of a partially submerged ridge along the line of the Highland Boundary Fault which cuts through the loch. Formerly used as a deer park by the Dukes of Montrose, the island is the site of a ruined former stronghold of the Earls of Lennox and the site of a chapel dedicated to St. Mirrin, which gives the island its name. Inchmurrin has an area of 120 ha (296 acres), reaches a height of 89m (291 feet) towards the north and is largely wooded. It is one of three permanently inhabited islands in the loch, owned by the Scott family since the 1920s, with its permanent population recorded as 13 (2001) and 8 (2011). Their domain includes a farm, hotel and holiday chalets and the island is also home to the Scottish Outdoor Club, who established a nudist colony here in the 1940s. In 1947, food parcels had to be dropped from an aircraft for the residents because the loch was frozen over.


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