Luing (Gaelic: Luinn) is one of the Slate Islands, Firth of Lorn, in the west of Argyll
in Scotland, about 16 miles south of Oban. It has a population of around 200
people, mostly living in Cullipool, Toberonochy (Tobar Dhonnchaidh), and
Blackmillbay. A regular ferry service crosses the 200 m wide Cuan Sound which
separates Luing from the neighbouring island of Seil, which is in turn connected by
bridge to the mainland.
The main industries on Luing are tourism, lobster fishing and beef farming, although
slate quarrying was important until 1965, with quarries at Toberonochy, Cullipool,
and a smaller one at Port Mary. Slate from Luing was used in the construction of
the University of Glasgow and re-roofing of Iona Abbey.
For such a small island, Luing has produced numerous mod gold medallists: Nan
MacInnes (1926, in Oban), Sandy Brown (1938, in Glasgow) and Hughie
MacQueen (1985, in Lochaber).
Thanks to Sandy for the photos.