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Loch Buie from the air, looking north
Loch Buie House and Castle Moy
Laggan Beach with cow
Loch Buie is a wide open bay with wonderful sandy beaches, rock pools, a castle, highland cattle, a medieval chapel and a stone circle. All surrounded by low mountains and a horizon out to Colonsay. And yet it is not much visited by boats, maybe in part because obviously the wind has to be in the north.
Castle Moy, a 15th century tower house, is more-or-less on the beach, and is currently being restored by Historic Environment Scotland and so is wrapped up in scaffolding. If they do as good a job as they did on Gylen Castle then there is a treat in store. Just below the castle is a double row of boulders which was once a boat landing, and then further out beyond the stream is a curved row of boulders put there it is said either as a fish trap or to make some sort of artificial anchorage.
It is worth walking round by Laggan beach to the east of the castle to St Kenneth’s Chapel (Caibeal Mheamhair), a small late medieval church in a group of trees. It was converted into a mausoleum by the MacLeans of Lochbuie in the 19th century and then restored in the 1990s when I presume the vulgar coloured glass was put in the roof — rather kitsch. The font is medieval, made from Carsaig sandstone.
Lochbuie House is Georgian with an Edwardian bit struck on the west end, with a rather nice bow-fronted gable. It is owned by Jim Corbett who runs the estate. And do walk behind it to find the stone circle in a field, fairly complete with quite low stones, and a couple of outliers. What were these things for? We don’t know. I think this is probably the only example within reach of the anchorages in the area covered by this website.
Keep going west to find The Old Post Office which is now a coffee/tea shop, and an outlet for local produce (and crafts), as well as ready-made meals (01680 814 153. Flora Corbett opened it in 2012. It has irregular hours as you can tell from the sign on the door:
"OPEN Most Days About 9 or 10. Occasionally as Early as 7. But SOME DAYS As Late as 12 or 1. WE CLOSE About 4 or 5, But Sometimes as Late as 11 or 12. SOME DAYS OR AFTERNOONS, We Aren't Here At All, and Latterly I've Been Here Just About All The Time, Except When I'm Someplace Else, But I Should be Here Then, Too."
The capitals are hers, not mine. You pay into an honesty box. The stone pyramid just outside commemorates the Coronation of King Edward VIIth and his lady wife Queen Alexandra, 1902, 'Erected by Lochbuie and his Highlanders', no doubt emphasising any non-Jacobite credentials. Not far away is St Kilda's church, Victorian 1876, very small, cluttered, Episcopal.