Not to be confused with Càrna
Cara Island (Scottish Gaelic: Cara, pronounced [kʰaɾə]) is a small island which is located off the west coast of Kintyre in Scotland.
Geography and etymology
Cara is 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) south of Gigha. It is accessible from Gigha, if you can find a local boatman who will take you over. The best view from the mainland is from the beach opposite Beachmenach Farm, about half way between Tayinloan and Muasdale.
Cara has a translation in Gaelic as "dearest" or "dear one". Cara is a popular girl's name in the local area and in Scotland in general.
's 1654 Atlas of Scotland, with Gigha and Cara in the centre. The map is oriented with west at the top.
Cara is owned by Mr MacDonald Lockhart of Kintyre5 and is reputed to be the only island still in the possession of a direct descendant of the Lords of the Isles.6
The only habitable building on the island is Cara House,6 but that is derelict.5
The liner Aska was sunk on 22 September 1940 on rocks northwest of the island after being struck by German bombers.
Cara is well known for a herd of feral goats, which still thrive on the wild landscape.
Mull of Cara, near Broonie's Chair
Cara is famous as the home of the Uruisg/broonie, the familiar spirit of the Macdonald of Largie family. A rock formation known as the Broonie's Chair is found at the extreme southern tip of the island. It is said that the Broonie may grant a secret wish made when you sit in his chair.
Coordinates: 55°38′N 5°45′W / 55.633°N 5.750°W