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Although this anchorage has been described as looking like a quarry full of water, it is a quite delightful place. The pink granite seems to glow even when the sun isn't shining, and on a hot still summer day it is a blissful place to be. You could do with two bits of equipment, snorkelling gear and some climbing shoes. The snorkelling is an obvious activity here and there are some neat little climbs on the granite boulders, particularly at the head of David Balfour's Bay which is a short walk over the hill.
Indeed, walking ashore really makes the best of this anchorage because the views are so attractive from looking down on ones boat tucked secretly away, to the vistas across the sound of Iona one way and to the Paps of Jura the other.
The old observatory at the top of the hill on Erraid used to be for communications with the Dubh Artach Lighthouse. It is unlocked and there is a bench and a couple of windows to gaze out of and imagine yourself watching out for the light before the days of radio.
The anchorage just to the north of Eilean Dubh is just as good as the Hole itself, if not better because it keeps the setting sun for longer. Just north of here again is a tiny island with a wee sandy beach – perfect for the children. And loads of seals, and an otter. So get out the dinghy and explore.
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A blissful anchorage
The old observatory on Erraid