Loch Linnhe

Introduction

Times of high water

Loch Etive near Bonawe: High water is 2 hours after high water at Oban

Loch Creran: High water is 15 minutes after high water at Oban

Port Appin: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Oban

Corran: High water is 5 minutes after high water at Oban

Kinlochleven: High water is 45 minutes after high water at Oban

Upper Loch Linnhe: High water is 22 minutes after high water at Oban

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

Tidal streams

Falls of Lora: The Falls of Lora, a tidal rapid, forms under the Connel Bridge at the entrance to Loch Etive The east going stream begins at 3 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 2 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 6 knots at springs. These times can vary by up to 90 minutes, with a tendency to be earlier. The Falls provide good sport for those with the appropriate skills (often gained on whitewater) and, ideally, a good roll.

Kilmaronaig narrows: This is the narrows around 2 km east of the Connel Bridge formed by a series of islands off the south shore of the Loch. The east north-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 35 minutes before high water at Oban. The west south-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs. Strong eddies run behind the islands with streams in either direction.

Bonawe Narrows: The tide flows east and west. The east going stream reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

South end of Lynn of Lorn: The north north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 40 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Entrance to Loch Creran: The east going stream begins at 6 hours after high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs.

Creagan Narrows, Loch Creran: The east going stream begins at 5 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The west going stream begins at 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs.

North end of Lynn of Lorn: 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 2.5 knots at springs.

West of Shuna: The north north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 45 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 0.4 knots at springs.

Loch Linnhe: The north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 25 minutes after high water at Oban. The streams are weak, except at the Corran Narrows.

At the Ballachulish Bridge: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The west north-west going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs.

In Loch Leven: The tide flows east north-east and west south-west. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Loch Leven, Caolas nan Con: (marked on OS maps as 'Caolasnacon'). The east north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban. The west south-west going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs.

Corran Narrows: The north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 40 minutes after high water at Oban. The north-east going stream reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs. The south-west going stream reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs. Slightly different times (-06:00 and +00:05) are given in the Yachting pilot. Eddies form beyond the narrows with streams in both directions.

Annat Narrows, entrance to Loch Eil: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 minutes after high water at Oban. The west north-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 35 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs. The streams run at 1-2 knots within the Loch.

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.

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.

Eddy in Bernera Bay: On the south-going stream, an eddy forms in Bernera Bay.

Lyn of Morven: The north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 25 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. On the flood a narrow stream runs north from Lismore lighthouse to the Morven shore, then north east towards Shuna at 2.5 knots.

Off Morven Shore, north west of Bernera: The tidal stream here flows south-east reaching a maximum speed of 4 knots at springs. This anomalous stream apparently only occurs on the south-going stream (ebb) at springs, forming overfalls.

Notes

Access/Egress

East of Achnacloich: (NM 964 341) g It should be possible to leave a car or two out of the way here.

Taynult Pier: (NN 011 327) g Large parking area with easy access to the Loch.

Bonawe: (NN 011 333) g Parking possible at the Isthmus, with access to the Loch possible at either side.

Head of Loch Etive: (NN 112 453) g Gravel parking area, where a track leads down to the Loch.

Suggested trips

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