Lying a half-mile (1 km) across the Strait of Corryvreckan to the north of the island of Jura, Argyll and Bute, the island of Scarba is a substantial barren, mountainous and uninhabited island. With an area of 1474 ha (3642 acres), Scarba has the appearance of a mountain top rising from the seabed. It reaches a peak at a height of 449m (1473 feet). Settlement was once concentrated on the eastern flank of the island where the ruins of crofts and a 14th-century chapel are located. The only permanent buildings are Kilmory Lodge, the occasional home of the owner of the island, and an outward-bound centre located at Bagh Gleann a' Mhaoil to the south. Predominantly covered in heather, the island has a sizeable number of red deer, wild goats and otters, while domestic sheep and Luing cattle are grazed here.

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