A PRIVATE island with historic connections to Robert The Bruce has gone up for sale for offers over £995,000. 

Inchlonaig Island, which means the Island of Yew Trees, sits in the heart of Loch Lomond and comes complete with a cottage, bothies, jetty, and woodland. 

The most northerly of the larger islands, Inchlonaig Island lies just north of Inchconnachan in one of the most tranquil parts of the loch. 

It is surrounded by a backdrop of spectacular mountain ranges, including Ben Lomond to the north as well as the Arrochar Alps to the west and north.

The island measures just under 200 acres (80 hectares) and is home to ancient woodland that includes around 800 yew trees.

Robert the Bruce is reputed to have planted yew trees on the island in the 14th century. 

Yew is the best wood for making a longbow and it is believed the Royal archers were supplied with Yew from the island as well as the men of Lennox.

Cartographer and topographer Rev Timothy Pont recorded Inchlonaig as having an abundance of Yew trees in the 1590s, while studies of the Yews in 1770 and 1879 reached the conclusion that the trees were between 350 and 400 years old.

Inchlonaig is mentioned in a charter of 1541 and was used as pasture land for cattle in the 1600s.

A century later a deer park was created by Sir John Colquhoun of Luss. Fallow and white deer can still be seen on the island.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: Inchlonaig IslandInchlonaig Island (Image: Savills)

As well as a 'glorious' forest, the island is home to a pretty, traditional two-bedroom cottage and three derelict bothies.

While the cottage has been used for holiday rentals and is currently let there are potential development opportunities in the form of the three derelict stone bothy buildings situated on the island.

This would of course be subject to acquiring the necessary consent.

The island also has its own jetty for launching and landing boats, with the picturesque conservation village of Luss located a ten-minute speedboat ride away. 

Commenting on the sale, Cameron Ewer from real estate firm Savills said: “This is an exciting launch from a historic perspective. However, it also represents an incredible and rare opportunity to acquire a piece of Scottish heritage while enjoying the spectacular surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

"Inchlonaig Island is perhaps the ultimate in private retreats and a very special sale.”

Savills is inviting offers over £995,000 for Inchlonaig Island.