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Scottish anchorages

Camas Bruaich Ruaidhe (Saulmore) and South Connel Bays

These are two adjacent bays and although there is more tide in the one to the east (South Connel Bay) it does have more to offer ashore, the one to the west (Camas Bruaich Ruaidhe) really has nothing other than a main road (although a golf course is under construction). Of course the eastern bay has the main road too but across that road is quite a cosy 18th century pub. The old appropriate name of the Ferryman's has been changed to the Oyster Inn, but the bar is still known as the Gluepot. There are bar meals (a bit pricey I would say), and Deuchars IPA (a decent mass produced Scottish real ale). Attached to the bar is a blue excrescence, which holds a busy and reasonable restaurant, with close up views of the road (ph 01631 710 666). Just outside across the road is the old ferry slipway. It must have been quite a ride across the tide to the other side with the ferryman pulling on his oars, and maybe his bottle too at times. From here it is worth walking up onto the bridge to view the tide roaring through the Falls of Lora, and also the views out west. The bridge was opened in 1903 to carry the Callandar and Oban Railway across the Falls of Lora. Within 10 years of its opening it was carrying motor vehicles too and in 1966 the cars won, the railway had been shut (but most of the track will reopen as a Sustrans long distance cycle path to Ballachulish). Also this bay is a place to lurk while assessing which way the tide is running under the bridge if you are seized by a crisis of confidence on the approach. You might consider changing crew here if they are using the train - Connel Ferry station is very close.

 

 

Camas Bruaich Ruaidhe 2

The old slipway for the old ferry across to North Connel

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The Falls of Lora have been a tourist attraction for more than 200 years. Sarah Murray, a widow in her 50s, travelled here in 1796 and described them as "...a cascade, as wonderful, if not more so, than any other in the world". She seems to have been addicted to waterfalls, and was firmly in the Romantic tradition, hence  the overdone hyperbole.

 

'A Companion and Useful Guide to the Beauties of Scotland' 1799