The Holy Isle

Firth of Clyde Islands

Two miles (3.2 km) long and less than one mile (1.6 km) wide, this tiny island rises to 1,050 feet (314 m) on Mullach Mòr. First known as ‘Inis Shroin’, ‘Island of the Water Spirit’ in Old Gaelic, its name suggests its role as a sacred place before the arrival of St Molaise in the 6th century. Sites of interest include a spring said to have healing properties, the saint’s rune inscribed hermit cave and traces of a13th century monastery.