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Scottish anchorages

Fearnach Bay

Melfort Pier and Harbour has nice 1980s architecture which blends in very well, but somehow it's all a bit sterile because it is entirely a holiday development of up-market self catering houses (particularly suited to the disabled). Now they are being sold off as private houses. Maybe in a couple of hundred years this place will have a local population and some character, or it will be as much a ruin as the black houses. It is perhaps worth a look if you are passing this way, maybe via Cuan Sound. About 15 minutes along the road to Kilmelford, past Melfort House which is younger than it looks (1960s) and is now run as an excellent B&B with dinner, you will find Melfort Village, a timeshare development constructed from the ruined 19th century gun powder factory on the River Oude. Tennis court, indoor swimming pool, spa, playground, snooker table are among the attractions for the residents, and there is a restaurant – the Shower of Herring – for non-residents (ph 01852 200 345). There was a search on for a new operator in 2013, so maybe things will change. Or, you could walk the two miles into Kilmelford where you will find the Cuilfail Hotel which does meals and has real ale in a cosy bar, and the well regarded Quaich Restaurant (01852 200 271) but this is under new ownership so may change, or close. The hotel may give you a lift if you call them on 01852 200 274. There is also a riding centre at Melfort Village if you want a change from sailing (ph 01852 200 311).

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Moorings at Melfort Pier