Inchgarvie Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland


Inchgarvie Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Inchgarvie Island which is located in the Firth of Forth, north of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The island is uninhabited and was last occupied in World War II.  I encountered it in course of a boat trip.

The name is derived from the Gaelic Innis Garbhach which means a “rough island”.  Area is 0.83 hectares.

Over the past 500 years or so the island has featured in official records principally because of fortifications erected during various conflicts, viz:

  • A fort or tower was built during 1513 on instructions of King James IV of Scotland.
  • Subsequently the building was adapted as a state prison.
  • During the Civil Wars in the 17th century the island was occupied by Royalist troops.
  • During the Napoleonic Wars ( 1803-15) defences were repaired and supplemented with cannon but by the middle of the 19th century these fortifications were in a ruinous state.
  • During WW2 the pre-existing fortifications were incorporated in new defences centred on an anti-aircraft gun battery.

As will be evident from the image above, the WW2  buildings remain extant, albeit in a decayed state.


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