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Scottish anchorages

Loch Don

Keep your eyes down and this anchorage looks and feels more like an east coast of England river than a Scottish loch, but look up and the distant mountains are a bit of a give-away. Capt Harvey liked the place in 1935: "This is a good little anchorage in about 9 feet, the bottom being sand and rock covered with weed. It is best to anchor just inside the point and opposite the small ferry pier, where a lugger is sometimes hauled up, and not to go southward of the point as the bay is foul close in". The pier is a lovely and remarkably well preserved structure, as is the slipway. A few yards away on the rocks you might think there is an Atlantic seal with her pup, but in the summer this is hardly likely. Look closer and you will see it is a rather lifelike sculpture, made out of cement I think. The ferry house and ferry cottage are both for rent, so any local population here must have long gone. A grand spot to view the Firth of Lorne and the entrance to the Sound of Mull.



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The stone pier at Grass Point

The 'seals' at Grass Point from where Boswell and Johnson embarked for Oban in 1773