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Scottish anchorages


You won't find many boats sailing up and down Loch Scridain, partly because you need a northerly or southerly wind to do it comfortably, and partly because it is a long way in — and out. But for the idle cruising man it has charm, scenery and solitude, and a few nice anchorages where there will be no other boats. Also for those that have read 'Tea with Chrissie', the north shore is where it all happened (the very last cottage to the west which you see on the way in is where she lived).


You can anchor in Kilfinichen Bay itself or east of the point which is maybe nearer to the shore and in fact to an old pontoon (the estate manager told me there was an unmarked rock there but I neither saw it nor hit it). The Kilfinichen estate is vast, extending across most of the Ardmeanach peninsular and up Ben More (all this was gradually acquired since 1965 — according to Tea with Chrissie — once using an intermediary apparently to avoid suspicion, by the landowner who I believe lived in London).


There is a very pleasant walk around the bay along the road and then by a left fork up to Tiroran House Hotel which wins lots of awards and sounds pretty good. Non-residents are nowadays welcome for dinner (I think) so must give it a go (ph. 01681 705 232). The Whitetail Gin Café is part of the same operation, for coffee, buns and presumably gin too.

Kilfinichen Bay, Loch Scridain

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A thatched cottage equals a holiday cottage these days, overlooking Kilfinichen Bay