Inchbuie or Innes Bhuidhe (the Yellow Island) – the ancient burial ground of Clan Macnab

The island “Inchbuie” is situated in the Falls of Dochart at Killin. Access is by a small iron gate down a flight of stone steps on the side of the Dochart Bridge at the western end of the island. The enclosure containing the graves of Chiefs and other graves are at the end of the island.

The Falls of Dochart are spectacular and with the island are a popular visitor attraction in Killin. The island itself is of great antiquity. The centre of the island is the site of two substantial forts of late prehistoric (Iron Age) date. It is still possible to discern their foundations beneath the ground. They are scheduled as ancient monuments. The western end of the island is also scheduled as a “site of special scientific interest” because of geomorphological features.

The pillars and the entrance wall and arches, together with the burial enclosure are “listed” as being of historic interest (category B) by Historic Scotland.

The Chief gifted Inchbuie to the Macnab Memorial Trust in 1987, in the hope that ownership would remain in Macnab hands for the benefit of the Clan in perpetuity.

The book “An Outline of the History of Clan Macnab and its lands”, published by the Trust, contains a full description of Inchbuie and its history with details of the graves at the eastern end of the island. Proceeds of sales of the book help in the upkeep of the island.

Keys to the gate leading on to the island were held in the Tourist Office in “the Breadalbane Folklore Centre” which has now closed, the keys are now held in the village library.

Inchbuie A small island in the River Dochart, Inchbuie or Innes Buidhe is situated by the bridge over the Falls of Dochart in Killin. The burial place of the MacNab clan which lived in Glen Dochart and Strath Fillan for 800 years.

Inchbuie
A small island in the River Dochart, Inchbuie or Innes Buidhe is situated by the bridge over the Falls of Dochart in Killin. The burial place of the MacNab clan which lived in Glen Dochart and Strath Fillan for 800 years.

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