Cruising on Loch Linnhe, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on Loch Linnhe (pronounced ‘Linnee’) which is located in the Highlands of Scotland running on a S.W./N.E  alignment between Fort William and the Isle of Mull. Total length is about 50km/31 miles. Narrowest point is at the Corran Narrows across which a regular ferry service operates. North of Corran the Loch is only about 2km/1.2miles wide whereas the southern section of the Loch is much wider, opening into the Firth of Lorn and the Atlantic Ocean. In this southern section can be found Castle StalkerDunstaffnage Castle and Dunollie Castle  plus the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary.

Castle Stalker, Loch Linnhe

Eilean Musdile Lighthouse, Loch Linnhe

Loch Linnhe. 

Sailboat on Loch Linnhe.

Fort William from Loch Linnhe

Most population and activity is on the eastern side of the Loch, moving up from Oban through Connel, Portnacroish, Onich to Fort William. Also accessible is Port Appin and Lismore (island). At the southern tip is the popular Isle of Mull.

The eastern side of the Loch is far quieter with low population. An interesting and worthwhile trip is across from east to west on the Corran Ferry and then a drive up the west cost of the Loch along a single -track road which although slow going does-weather conditions permitting- afford superb views (and photo opps) of Fort William and Ben Nevis, the latter being Britain’s tallest mountain at 4406 ft.

Crannog Restaurant, Fort William

Visitors can avail of cruises on the Loch which depart from the Crannog Restaurant, Fort William, at the northern end of the Loch and last about 90 minutes. Subject to weather and other conditions it is possible to view some or all of the following:

  • Salmon Farm.
  • Mussel Farm
  • Herons.
  • Seals.
  • Ben Nevis ( Britain’s tallest mountain.)
  • Fort William.
  • Porpoise.
  • Dolphin.
  • Mountains and local scenery.

The trip offers good opportunities for photography and the boat is equipped with indoor seating and refreshments.

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