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The islands of Loch Lomond are one of its enduring qualities and yet little in known about their history. Enthusiasm for their cultural significance was the driving force behind Friends of Loch Lomond commissioning an archaeological survey of the islands in Loch Lomond during 1995-1998. The objectives of the survey were first to identify the archaeological sites and remains on the islands, secondly to assess their condition and identify any threats to their long term survival and thirdly to stimulate the maintenance and protection of the major sites by the landowners, authorities and national conservation bodies.
The survey added a great deal to our current knowledge of the islands, raising number of archaeological sites known on the islands from 12 to 380. The survey also identified considerable threats to the long term survival of a number of the archaeological sites – mostly water erosion and vegetation root damage – and made management recommendations for the archaeological sites to mitigate and alleviate these threats.
In 2007 a follow-up survey was conducted of ten of the archaeological sites considered most at risk in 1995-98 to determine their present condition and whether they have deteriorated or if mitigation measures to preserve the archaeological sites has been undertaken. The selected sites were not surveyed in detail but their present condition compared to their original 1995-98 survey records. New information has been added to the original descriptions. A new digital photographic record made at all sites visited. New sketch plans were made of Ellan Vhow, Inchgalbraith and Inchmurrin castles.