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Oa, The

A sizeable peninsula to the west of Port Ellen in the southwest corner of the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, The Oa gives us one of Scotland's shortest place names. Approximately 5 miles (8 km) in length and in breadth, The Oa is sparsely populated and characterised by moorland vegetation grazed by wild goats and by sheer cliffs. On the Mull of Oa, a headland at its southwestern extremity, a monument is situated atop the cliffs that commemorates the American servicemen who died with the sinking two troopships in 1918.

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