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Islay's Marilyns

Picture of the summit of a hill (a marilyn) with a trig point and a view over a sound

While writing yesterday's entry about my ‘Walking On Islay’ T-Shirt I thought some of my readers might not know one of the terms I used on the design: Marilyn. So what is a marilyn? Where do I find one on Islay? How many are there on Islay? Let's start with the definition of a Marilyn according to Wikipedia:

A Marilyn is a mountain or hill in the British Isles with a relative height of at least 150 metres, regardless of absolute height or other merit.

Apparently there are seven Marilyns on Islay, at least according to this List of Marilyns on Scottish islands. On the other hand ‘The Relative Hills of Britain’ only lists six. Starting with the highest they are:

  1. Beinn Bheigier (Ben Vicar), 491m, is on the south east corner of Islay overlooking Ardtalla
  2. Glas Bheinn, 472m, is a close neighbour to Beinn Bheigier, overlooking McArthur's Head
  3. Sgorr nam Faoileann, 429m, is also in the east of Islay, just north of Glas Bheinn
  4. Sgarbh Breac, 364m, can be found in the north east of Islay, overlooking the Sound of Islay and Bunnahabhain Bay
  5. Beinn Tart a'Mhill, 232m, is the highest hill on the Rinns of Islay
  6. Beinn Mhor, 202m, is the highest hill on The Oa with nice views over to Ireland (on a clear day) and the American Monument

I've been on three of them so far, covering three regions. For impressions I have to send you to my travelogues and where available also Quicktime VR panoramas:

I hope this gives a good overview of the marilyns on Islay. There are even more impressive ones on Islay's closest neighbour Jura with the Paps of Jura, but I'll leave that for another entry.



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