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Scottish anchorages

Eilean Tràigh

West Loch Tarbert



This is a pretty spot, quiet too apart from the wash of the Islay ferries. Well worth getting off the boat for a stroll by the oak woods a little way towards the head of the loch. There was clearly a ferry here once (hence Ferry House marked on the OS map) and there is still the remains of its jetty.  A little further on, before getting to the road, look left to see the rather astonishing Ardpatrick House set amongst overgrown gardens, late 18th century with some unfortunate alterations and additions, including the rather incongruous 19th century porch. It doesn't look very inhabited but maybe someone is lurking in there somewhere. I guess this estate should be owned by someone with enough money to restore it to its original glory, so with loads of money. A rock star maybe, or a footballer, or even a banker. Some of the estate cottages have been up for sale, as well as building plots, so there is something going on.

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Ardpatrick Ferry jetty Ardpatrick House

Ardpatrick House

The old jetty for the defunct ferry across the loch