Thursday, October 18, 2012

Loch Melfort

16 miles south of Oban, this remote and beautiful sea loch is well worth a visit.

It’s a wonderful place for hill walking and cycling. There are peaceful beaches to stroll along too and a few restaurants, hotels and pubs not far away.

This is an area of stunning natural beauty, teeming with wildlife – sometimes you’ll see otters, seals and porpoises swimming in the loch. Perfect for birdwatching as well.

There are wonderful views from the top of the surrounding hills over the Sound of Jura and many small islands. I'm annoyed I didn't take any better photos than this one last May - hopefully I'll be back there sometime to take better ones!

From Oban you’ll need the A816 south to Kilmelford. Then turn right to Degnish for nearly 2 miles. There are signs for Melfort Pier and Harbour.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Loch Caolisport

A broad and lovely sea loch - about 5 miles long - in a very beautiful area - I drove along the banks last year in May and stopped several times to take in the views. It's a remote region and the road is seldom clogged with cars - there were very few cars at all the afternoon I was there. It's a wonderful area for walking and cycling and - on the water itself - sailing and sea kayaking. The countryside around the loch is very pretty with fields of sheep and cows, forest plantations and many wild flowers.

St Columba's Cave can be found on the north shore near Ellary (although I didn't have time to go there myself). It's said to have been used by the saint on his 6th Century crusade from Ireland.