Mull and surrounding waters

Introduction

Times of high water

Carsaig Bay, Mull*: High water is 10 minutes before high water at Oban

Loch Spelve*: High water is 5 minutes after high water at Oban

South east end of the Sound of Mull*: High water is 15 minutes after high water at Oban

Tobermory*: High water is 20 minutes after high water at Oban The Doirlinn Narrows to the south of Calve Island dries to about 1 m. MHWS = 4.4 m, MHWN = 3.3 m, MTL = 2.5 m, MLWN = 1.8 m MLWS = 0.7 m.

Loch Sunart*: High water is at high water at Oban

Bunessan*: High water is 15 minutes before high water at Oban

Sound of Ulva*: High water is 10 minutes before high water at Oban

Iona*: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Oban

Sound of Mull*: High water is 15 minutes after high water at Oban

Tidal streams

Middle of the Firth of Lorn*: The north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Loch Spelve entrance*: The east going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 3.5 knots at springs.

Firth of Lorn west of south end of Kerrera*: The north north-east going stream begins at 6 hours before high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The north north-east going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. The south south-west going stream reaches a speed of 0.9 knots at springs.

Between Frank Lockwood's Island and the Garvellachs*: The north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Eddy in Loch Buie*: An eddy here flows west.

Between Lady's Rock and Lismore*: The north going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 25 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs. On the north-going stream there are eddies and severe turbulence north west of Lismore lighthouse.

East of Duart Point*: The south south-east going stream begins at 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The north north-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban. The south south-east going stream reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs. The north north-west going stream reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. The flow is significant between Loch Don and Duart Point.

South east end of the Sound of Mull*: The south-east going stream begins at 25 minutes before high water at Oban. The north-west going stream begins at 6 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs. Flows through the rest of the Sound run at around 1 knot.

Loch Aline entrance*: The north north-east going stream begins at 6 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

Sound of Mull, north of Dearg Sgeir*: The east south-east going stream begins at 1 hours before high water at Oban. The west north-west going stream begins at 6 hours after high water at Oban. The east south-east going stream reaches a speed of 0.6 knots at springs. The west north-west going stream reaches a speed of 0.7 knots at springs.

Sound of Mull, near Rubh an t-Sean Chaisteil*: The south-east going stream begins at 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The north-west going stream begins at 5 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Sound of Mull, east of Calve Island*: The south south-east going stream begins at 30 minutes before high water at Oban. The north north-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The south south-east going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. The north north-west going stream reaches a speed of 0.8 knots at springs.

Off Rubha nan Gall*: The south-east going stream begins at 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The north-west going stream begins at 4 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Loch Sunart, north west of Oronsay*: The east going stream begins at 5 hours before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 2 hours and 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

North of Carna*: The east going stream begins at 5 hours before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs. Streams generally run at less than one knot away from the narrows.

Entrances to Loch Teacuis*: The streams are similar in the channels either side of Carna. The south going stream begins at 5 hours before high water at Oban. The north going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

Laudale Narrows*: The narrows is four miles from the head of the loch, at Glasswork Eilean. The east going stream begins at 5 hours before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

Between Ardmore Point and Sron Bheag*: The east going stream begins at 2 hours before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 3 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 0.3 knots at springs.

Caliach Point*: The north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

Rubh a Chaoil to Caliach Point*: The north going stream begins at 5 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 1 hours and 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs. The stream is less away from salient points, dropping to 1 knot off Calgary Bay. Within the Bay itself, streams are insignificant.

North of Loch Na Lathaich (Bunessan)*: The south-east going stream begins at 5 hours after high water at Oban. The north-west going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Oban. The south-east going stream reaches a speed of 0.3 knots at springs. The north-west going stream reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Loch na Keal*: Tidal streams are not significant in the Loch.

Sound of Ulva*: Tidal streams are not significant in the Sound of Ulva, except just north of the ferry, where the north-going tide can reach 2 knots.

Sound of Iona*: There is uncertainty in when the tides turn in the the sound. With reference to Oban, different sources give the north-going stream beginning at +2:40 or +5:15. The south-going stream is said to begin at -3:30, -1:10 or -0:15. The first set of times given may be more accurate - an update to these times from the second set was given in supplement no.6 to the admiralty pilot 29/11/68, according to handwritten notes in my antique copy.

Tidal streams can run at up to 2.5 knots in the narrows, closer to 1 knot at the south end of the Sound.

Tinkers Hole*: Tinkers Hole is the passage between Mull and Eilean Dubh, to the south of the Sound of Iona. The north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban.

Treshnish Isles*: The tide flows north-east and south-west. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs. Tidal streams elsewhere in this area are weak.

Ardnamurchan Point*: The north north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 25 minutes before high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Between Mull and Colonsay*: The east north-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 25 minutes before high water at Oban. The west south-west going stream begins at 3 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 0.4 knots at springs.

West coat of Iona*: The north north-east going stream begins at 6 hours after high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1.2 knots at springs.

Entrance to Loch Scridain*: The east going stream begins at 6 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at at high water at Oban. Within the Loch the streams are very weak.

Between the Sound of Iona and Rubh' Ardalnish*: The south-east going stream begins at 2 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The north-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Eddy north east Frank Lockwood's Island*: An eddy forms to the east of Frank Lockwood's Island on the north east-going flow.

North west side of the Treshnish*: The north north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Between Iona and Staffa*: The north north-east going stream begins at 6 hours and 5 minutes after high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Between Staffa, Gometra and the Treshnish*: The north going stream begins at 5 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 0.7 knots at springs. The rate increases to the north.

Loch Scridain to Loch na Keal*: The north-east going stream begins at 6 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at at high water at Oban. These streams are very weak

Loch Tuath*: The east going stream begins at 5 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The streams are very weak.

Notes

Access/Egress

Ulva Ferry*: (NM 446 398) g Access is straightforward here, but parking of paddlers' cars has caused problems in the past. If you leave a car here, park as far up the road away from the ferry as possible.

Fionnphort Beach*: (NM 301 233) g Plentiful parking near the Iona ferry terminal, at least some of which is pay and display.

Kintra*: (NM 314 253) g Small parking area by the shoreline. May be a short walk to the water at low tide.

Bunessan Pier*: (NM 374 222) g Working pier north west of Bunessan. May be possible to leave a car out of the way here.

Bunessan bridge*: (NM 384 219) g Parking area near the head of the Loch. Launching likely easier near high water.

Tragic nam Beach*: (NM 466 243) g Easy launching. Parking possible at the west end through a narrow entrance.

Pennyghael*: (NM 518 264) g Easy access to the water. May be possible to leave a car here.

Head of Loch Scridain*: (NM 519 298) g Beach. Car park at west end, with height barrier.

Clachandhu*: (NM 456 356) g Small layby near the shore.

Ardchiavaig*: (NM 390 187) g Small parking area by the beach

Carsaig*: (NM 545 213) g A rather small parking area with a short walk down to the old pier and slip.

Portuairk*: (NM 440 681) g Drop boats at a turning area at the end of the road. There may be a long walk to the sea at low tide. Parking area 350 m up the road to the south.

Kilchoan*: (NM 480 636) g Jetty. May be possible to leave a car here. Failing that, there is a parking area by the church a kilometre to the east.

Mingary*: (NM 493 628) g Parking area, from which a gate leads down to the foreshore. Note that it is not permitted to launch on the ferry slipway.

Salen, Camas Torsa*: (NM 681 631) g Forestry commission picnic area with easy carry to the sea.

Salen Jetty*: (NM 688 642) g Jetty with limited parking - the forestry commission picnic site to the south may be a better option.

Suggested trips

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