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Scottish anchorages

Eilean Balnagowan

This is a nice anchorage, well protected from the west and southwest.

 

There is some sort of ancient enclosure on the north ridge. According to an email I got from Robin Watt: "this was an iron/bronze age fort  ... a medieval cemetry served by a coffin stance opposite on the mainland ... in the 18th century a local girl assaulted by a soldier from Appin barracks brained him with a boulder, and hid out on the island till the affair cooled down". 

 

There are loads of birds in the summer and loads and loads of brambles in the autumn.  However, a new small house was built in 2014 so there may be fewer birds nesting in future, and fewer brambles. It faces down the loch and is well hidden from the mainland — not a bad position for all concerned. By the anchorage you will find a gravel beach at high tide, but no sand. There is traffic noise from the road on the mainland so it is not as remote as maybe it seems.

Balnagowan 1

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Bramble picking

eilean balnagowan

The island from the south