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Scottish anchorages

Eilean Munde

This is one absolute must, not that there is a particularly safe overnight anchorage, but a stop is essential. Forget about the view of the grim Isles of Glencoe Hotel, ignore the noise from the road, and just take in the mountains all around - and definitely land on the island. Its name comes from St Mundus, an Irish disciple of St Columba. Talk about atmospheric, and photogenic. This little island is not just a wonderful place to view Loch Leven from, with beautiful broad leaf and pine trees. But it has tombs, loads of tombs, being the traditional burial place for the people of Glencoe. The tombs lie scattered all around, mostly from the 19th century up to about the 1970s. Many stones are upright and easy to read, some have fallen down, and others are slabs in the ground. There is a 16th century ruined chapel too, abandoned in 1653 and very overgrown. So just sit amongst the wild flowers and breathe in the scene, in April it is awash with celandines. Curiously this place is not mentioned in 'Pevsner', maybe because you need your own boat or somebody else's boat to get to it.

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Eilean Munde anchorage Eilean Munde burial ground

The anchorage looking north

The tomb stones on a spring day