Ellen's Isle

(Eilean Molach)

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Ellen's Isle or Eilean Molach, an islet of Callander parish, Perthshire, towards the foot of Loch Katrine, immediately opposite Ben Venue. Highly romantic in appearance, craggy and wooded, it is the centre of the action of Sir Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake; and it contained, for some time, a modern sylvan lodge like that described in the poem, decorated with trophies of the chase and fray, but destroyed by accidental fire in 1837. Together with the surrounding shores, aided by the strong natural defences of the circumjacent ravines and mountains, it long served as a fastness of Highland caterans in their marauding expeditions against the Lowlanders.—Ord. Sur., sh. 38, 1871.

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