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Scottish anchorages

Black Mill Bay

This is a slightly sad place because once it was a hive of activity with steamers from the Clyde to Inverness calling at the now very ruined pier to take on passengers, animals and – not surprisingly – loads of slate. Puffers came too, carrying coal for the island.  The ticket office still remains, now I guess a fisherman's store. But, it is a good spot to search out a Luing cow or two, the breed which as the name implies was started here by the Cadzow family in the 1950s, a cross between Highlander and Beef Shorthorn cattle. And if you fancy renting a luxurious-sleeps-7-lodge there is just the job on the hill above the bay.

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Luing cattle

Ruined pier, Blackmill Bay

A shag dries its wings on the remains of the pier