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Scottish anchorages

Loch Drumbuie

Loch na Droma Buidhe or Loch of the yellow hill - known as Loch Drumbuie - is an intriguing but over popular anchorage, not surprisingly as it has long been known as "an extraordinary good place to ride in" (Mackenzie 1776). If you want to get away from the crowds of Tobermory there are better alternatives. But it is ideal for windsurfing or dinghy sailing because there is no way you can get blown out to sea! Otherwise there is not a lot to "do" here.  The south west corner has a suitable rocky beach for a barbeque with plenty of wood lying around, and the deciduous woods along the south shore and up the hill are lovely. I am not sure why this loch is such a very popular anchorage – maybe because it is near Tobermory but is not Tobermory, or maybe because it has a fascinatingly narrow entrance (Caolas nan Conn, Strait of the dogs), but I guess mostly because it is very well sheltered from all wind directions.

 

One can get to the track between Drimmin and Doirlinn, easiest from the anchorage about half a mile inside the loch on the south side, and do the very nice walk to the West Kyle of Carna and a view of Loch Teacuis. Or walk the other way, up the hill and westwards to explore the abandoned villages of Sornagan, Portabhata and, almost hidden in the forest, Auliston. Sornagan is the nearest, found on the left hand side of the burn as you go up the hill, a collection of four ruined houses, one quite big. They were only occupied for the first half of the 19th century. How people survived here is hard to imagine, too far from the shore for easy fishing and no obvious ground to till. But all were 'cleared' in the 19th century.

Loch Drumbuie

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A summer sunset looking out to the narrow entrance of the loch