The Oa facts for kids
The area is roughly circular, and connects with the rest of the island at a relatively narrow neck, which runs between Kintra and Port Ellen. Its high point is Beinn Mhòr (202 metres or 663 feet) in the south. The Oa had a population of 800 people in 1830, but became deserted due to the Highland Clearances.
The American Monument was erected on the south coast by the American Red Cross to commemorate the loss of two ships in 1918 – the liner Tuscania and the armed merchant cruiser HMS Otranto.
The area around the memorial is an RSPB nature reserve, where chough, golden eagles, corn crakes, and sea birds can be seen. 1,931 hectares (4,770 acres) have been designated as a Special Protection Area for the protection of the chough.
Ireland can be seen from the south coast on a clear day.
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