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Finalggan was the site from which the Lords of the Isle ruled their updated version of the older Dal Riatta kingdom from. The site is a few miles up the hill from the ferry port of Port Askaig and about a mile west from the village of Ballygrant. There never was a town here only a few buildings of which there is only a few remains left. Towns never played a big part in Celtic tradition. Two island just off the north shore of Loch Finlaggan were where the Lords held their 'capital'. Both islands were developed from earlier crannogs. The larger one, Eilean Mor, has the remains of a house and a chapel. The smaller crannog (crannogs are prehistoric manmade islets), Eilean na Comhairle, was where the Lord brought his Council of the Islands together when deciding on policies for their Hebridean world.
Across the northwestern shore of the loch is the ruins of a village that was abandoned during the Clearances. A third small crannog can be found at the south end of the loch. This was thought to be used as a prison by the Lord of the Isles. There is a small visitor center at the parking area (not open when I was there due to the care keeper being ill). Royal Army soldiers were redoing the causeways out to the islands and they shooed me away before I could get too immersed in the site.