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Scottish anchorages

Poll nan Corran

There are so many small delightful islands around the west side of the Sound of Luing that it is difficult to prefer one to another. The special thing about this anchorage is the walk to the edge of the Grey Dogs Channel (Little Corryvreckan), to gaze at the tide race and wonder whether to give it a go, as I have seen a 30-foot yacht do, even on the flood, admittedly in a flat calm sea.  At springs the water really does run seriously downhill and even on a quiet day the whole place has a very unsettling look about it. In fact very few boats seem to attempt this passage, and I certainly haven't (yet). You can also get to the same point by walking from the Camas a'Mhòr-Fhir anchorage, but it is more difficult. The view from the hill on the SW tip of the island is particularly grand and panoramic and, of course, the wild flowers are fantastic. Mind you the anchorage itself is fine too, out of the tide, and you can watch the boats going up — and down — the Sound of Luing. A bit north of the anchorage there is quite a well kept looking house, perhaps mostly unoccupied, I don't know. On the next island but one — Rubha Fiola — was a well established adventure school, now closed after the manager was jailed for sex offences.


Poll na Corran 2

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Overlooking the Grey Dogs Channel

"Old Mother Earth has sprinkled, as from a pepper-pot, I know not how many islands, islets, rocks and reefs, a veritable archipelago, criss-crossed by sounds, channels, gulfs and creeks, a few easily navigable, some only with great care, and others not at all" John McLintock 1938


"After dinner, landed on the island for a stroll, and looked down from a height of 150 feet on the current raging in the narrow channel which divides this island from Scarba; but the scene was neither entertaining at the moment nor a pleasant subject of contemplation for anyone who, if under way, might possibly be forced through it in a calm". R T McMullen, 1893.