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Bac Mòr
Gaelic name Bac Mòr
Meaning of name large bank or obstacle
Bac Mòr Dutchman's Cap-edit.jpg
OS grid reference NM243387
Coordinates 56°27′N 6°28′W / 56.45°N 6.47°W / 56.45; -6.47
Physical geography
Island group Treshnish Isles
Area ha
Highest elevation Dutchman's Cap 86 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Population 0

Bac Mòr is a Scottish island, one of the Treshnish Isles, sometimes referred to as The Dutchman's Cap in English because of its shape.

Origin of name

The Gaelic name has more than one possible interpretation. Although Mòr clearly means “large” (as opposed to Bac Beag, its smaller sister), the word Bac can mean either a "bank", or an "obstacle" or "hindrance".

The island's profile is one of the more distinctive amongst the Scottish Islands.


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Bac Mòr from Lunga

Bac Mòr is of ancient volcanic origin, and the peak in the middle is a former cone. The low-lying plain surrounding it is a glassy lava field.

The remains of summer sheilings have been found on the island, suggesting that it was inhabited at one time, even though it has no safe landing places.


The Treshnish Isles, which are uninhabited today, are owned by a charity, the Hebridean Trust. They have been collectively designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area, due to their importance for breeding seabirds. The islands are also home to a number of wildflowers.

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