Beinn Bheigeir

(Beinn Bheigier, Ben Vicar, Ben Vigory)

The highest peak on the island of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Beinn Bheigeir (also Beinn Bheigier, anglicised to Ben Vicar or archaically Ben Vigory) is located 3 miles (5 km) southwest of McArthur's Head, which sits on the island's east coast, and 6 miles (10 km) north of Ardbeg. Classified as a Marilyn, the hill comprises three summits arranged along a ridge; the highest is at the northwest of this ridge, reaches 491m (1610 feet) and is marked by an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar. The others rise to 456m (1496 feet) and just beyond 460m (1509 feet). The Battle of Benvigory in 1598 saw invading MacLeans defeat the native MacDonalds and go on to ravage Islay.

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