Inchmarnock In Foreground With Arran In The Distance (c/o

-- Where is it ? --

Inchmarnock is located 1 mile to the west of St Ninian's Point, off the west coast of the Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute.

-- History --

Inchmarnock was home to St Marnoc who settled in the island and built it's chapel. People used to come from far and wide to hear him preach. Little remains of the chapel, St Marnoc's, that sat at the site of Midpark in the centre of the island. Several stone fragments of Celtic crosses have been uncovered near it and also other sculptured stones, one commemorating the Viking, Gutlief. These are now in Bute museum. The church remained in place till the 18th century when farmer Alexander McDonald used the stone to build Midpark farm.

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. After the 3500 year old skeleton was carbondated it was returned to it's original tomb on Inchmarnock with a glass panel fitted to allow it to be seen. Walking past the tomb by the light of the stars requires a steady nerve said a previous owner. He was quoted as saying..."It is dark, it is quiet, it is lonely and the shadows in the skulls eye sockets follow every movement".

Once home to 30 people most of Inchmarnock last residents were evacuated during the second world war to allow a commando training area to be created. A large amount of damage was done and many areas are still covered by craters. Although the buildings at Northpark are occasionally used by the owner of the island, the remainder of the buildings lie empty or are derelict.

-- Books --

Most books listed will be available from any on-line book seller such as Amazon.

Inchmarnock: An Early Historic Island Monastery and It's Archaeological Landscape - Christoper Lowe

Only book we can find dedicated to Inchmarnock. If you have read it and would like to submit a review then feel free to do so at the usual address.

-- DVD's & Videos --

None available to my knowledge....please contact lonely-isles if you know of any and we'll add them to the site !!

-- Links --

History Of Inchmarnock - The Royal Commision On The Ancient And Historical Monuments Of Scotland (RCAHMS) study of the archaeology and history of the island from the earliest Christian times down to the Improvements of the late 18th century and beyond.

Isle Of Bute - If planning a trip to see Inchmarnock then firstly you'll almost certainly have to head for it's neighbouring island, the Isle Of Bute. This site is Butes main web presence and contains all the local information you'll need.

Sadly Inchmarnock is not an island which features greatly on the web. There are a few sites with passing references but in general the information out there is not great. Please continue to return to this page with the assurance that if any worthwhile links do appear for Inchmarnock then they will be added to the page.

Please email Lonely Isles if you know of any suitable links.

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