History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
According to legend, Hangman's Rock, on the slopes of slopes of Beinn Eibhne, at the southern tip of Colonsay, was used for public hangings, performed by passing a rope through a hole in a natural rock outcrop.
Though there is no firm evidence to support this fact, it seems likely enough, given the shape of the rock, and the historical culture of the remote Scottish islands. Certainly, Hangman's Rock is striking, and might well have suited the purpose of a gallows quite nicely!
The location overlooking The Strand and Oronsay is quite simply stunning.
About Hangman's Rock
Address: Garvard, Colonsay, Garvard, Argyll and Bute, Strathclyde, Scotland
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Park at Garvard, at the end of the B8086. Walk out onto The Strand, keeping to the left (east) shore. The Hangman's Rock will be clearly visible on an outcropping to your left.
Hangman's Rock Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
The Strand - 0.3 miles (Countryside)
Garvard Standing Stone - 0.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Oronsay Priory - 1.8 miles (Abbey)
Scalasaig Standing Stones - 2.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Dun Gallain - 2.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Buaile Riabhach Stone Circle - 2.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Fingal's Limpet Hammers - 2.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Colonsay House Gardens - 4 miles (Garden)
Nearest Accommodation to Hangman's Rock:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Hangman's Rock. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Bowmore (Isle of Islay)
Tourist Information Centre
Isle of Islay
Argyll and Bute
Tel: 01496 810 254