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Loch Aline

The village of Lochaline on Morvern takes its name from the fjord like inlet which extends north from the Sound of Mull. This is quite a remote part of old Argyll and is a popular shelter for yachts on passage up and down the west of Scotland.

There is a car ferry which runs from Lochaline to Fishnish (between Craignure and Salen) on Mull which is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. The ferry runs regularly 7 days a week.

The main source of employment in the village is from the sand mine which unfortunately may be closing very soon. The sand which has been mined here is a very high grade Silica sand which supplies the glass industry. This type of extraction is unique in Britain and was only viable because the quality of the silica sand mined here. The mine is right beside the entrance to the loch and almost in the village. There it is hoped that this might become a visitors attraction if the mine does close, with tours of areas of the mine.

 

 

Other places of interest are forest walks, woodland and coastal walks as well as Ardtornish Castle. Kinlochaline Castle is interesting too but is privately owned with no tours available as you might expect.

The Morvern area is quite remote and as such the roads are mostly narrow roads. The cheapest way of getting to Lochaline is to take the Corran Ferry about 6 miles south of Fort William and then drive along the A861 turning left on to the A884 at the head of Loch Sunart. This is quite a long drive. The easiest way is to take a car ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull and then from Fishinish to Lochaline.

This part of old West Argyll is very remote. An area with many mountains which are rarely climbed as they are below Munro height but enticing in their own manner. The weather cycle can change as if through all seasons in less than 12 hours. In June one year, I started a hill walk from Loch Aline, more for distance than height. It was a crisp morning clear skies very spring in nature. By noon the temperature had soured to a balmy 72F, By 4 a northerly airflow took the temperature down a few notches and by 7 it was snowing heavily followed by hail and then a beautiful summers even entailed. In short, be prepared for the weather changes, leave a note with your intended route and make sure you have the right clothing and supplies.

Loch Aline, Morvern, Argyll

 

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