Risga Loch Sunart

Introduction

Risga is an uninhabited  island in between Càrna and Oronsay, at the entrance to Loch Sunart.

Risga island Loch Sunart
Risga with Ross Rock in foreground

Location

Information

Risga

Risga not the biggest of islands at 12 hectares and a high point at 43 metres. The island is included in the grounds of Glenborrodale Castle and is part of Sunart Site of Special Scientific Interest. The name “Risga” is Norse

Brief Visit

The topping of the island of Risga was a very brief affair. Brief, due to the torrential rain that was taking the edge off the day. Willie and I disembarked from Nordic Fulmar and made for the rocky shore. The waterline is covered in shining slippery seaweed and can best be described as craggy. To find a landing place we had to paddle around fair bit to select an accommodating slab of stone that could take a dinghy. Two of us drew our breath as we both know this was to be a wet trudge through thick bracken, claggy wet grass and heather.

The terrain did not disappoint. We scrambled our way through the undergrowth and contoured up to the top and stood facing the horizontal rain hurtling in from the west.  It was not the place or time to hang around, so we took our pictures and slithered back down to the dinghy.

We spent no more than 15 minutes on Risga and really did no justice to the history of the place. Once we topped out Willie and I scambled back down the way we had come up. With some relief we paddled back to the yacht. Once aboard we were down below to get dried and a nice cup of tea. That was Risga.

Anchorage

There is no obvious anchorage but there again there is no obvious reason to visit. There is the Eilean Fheidh bay to the north. The bay offers some shelter behind the island and in the lee of the  Morvern mainland.

History

.In 1920–21 some Mesolithic materials were recovered and are now in the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There is a shell midden, a scheduled monument that is at least 30 metres by 10 metres, which is visible as a grass-covered mound. An important shell midden was found on the E side of this island and is thought to date to the Mesolithic period. The midden seems to have been fully excavated revealing significant information on the diet and prey species of these early settlers in N Argyll. Dating is uncertain but probably between 5000 and 2500 BC. This site lies outside the SSSI area.

For fuller archaeological notes please visit Canmore https://canmore.org.uk/site/22508/risga-loch-sunart

Nearby Scotislands

Ornosay

Carna

Eilean Nan Eildean Loch Sunart

Calve Island 

 

Source

Haswell Smith

Wikipedia

Canmore