Sound of Jura to Machrihanish

Introduction

Times of high water

Sound of Gigha: The constant varies between 2 hours before Oban at springs and 5 hours before Oban at neaps.

Sound of Jura: Throughout the Sound of Jura, most rise and fall of tide occurs in the first 3 hours of each period.

Craighouse: High water is 1 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban (Sp), 4 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban (Np)

West Loch Tarbert: High water is 2 hours before Oban at springs, 5 hours before at neaps.

Tidal streams

Sound of Gigha: The north going stream begins at 4 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 1 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The north going stream reaches a speed of 1.2 knots at springs. The south going stream reaches a speed of 1.3 knots at springs. Flows can reportedly reach 2.5 or 3 knots at springs.

West Loch Tarbert: The north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The south-west going stream begins at 2 hours before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Sound of Jura, West of Gigha: The south south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The north north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 20 minutes after high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 0.6 knots at springs.

South end of the Sound of Jura: The north going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 15 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Sound of Jura, near Skervuile: The north going stream begins at 5 hours and 15 minutes after high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 1 hours before high water at Oban. The north going stream reaches a speed of 1.8 knots at springs. The south going stream reaches a speed of 1.7 knots at springs. The Sound turns earlier on the east side, especially near the entrance to Loch Sween.

Sound of Jura, east of Inverlussa: The north going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 45 minutes before high water at Oban. The north going stream reaches a speed of 1.9 knots at springs. The south going stream reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Near Ruadh Sgeir: The north north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 25 minutes after high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs.

Eddy off Carsaig Bay: An eddy forms off Carasig Bay, which is used by yachts to travel against the tide in the Sound of Jura.

Off the Point of Knap: The north going stream begins at 4 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 1 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Off Rubha na Cille: The north north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

MacCormaig Isles: Among the islands around Eilean Mor and Corr Eilean, south west of the Island of Danna, the tides are strong and irregular. The north north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Oban. The south south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. Eddies and overfalls form throughout the area. The ebb tide divides north of Eilean Mor and runs both sides of the island.

Loch Sween: No strong streams. Stand of tide 3 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Oban to 30 minutes before high water at Oban and 2 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban to 5 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Oban

Machrihanish to Glenacardoch Point: The north going stream begins at 4 hours after high water at Oban. The south going stream begins at 2 hours and 25 minutes before high water at Oban. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Entrance to Craighouse Bay: [tide]Tidal streams run strongly here.

Notes

Access/Egress

Tarbert West: (NR 843 673) g Space to leave cars at a working quay. Those portaging across from the east side of Tarbert will likely find a place to slip through the trees east of here off the A road, if close to high water.

Westport Beach: (NR 656 263) g Car park is a 100 m walk from the beach.

Bellochantuy Bay: (NR 661 323) g Small parking area by the beach.

Muasdale: (NR 679 400) g Small parking area near shoreline.

Tayinloan: (NR 693 465) g Ferry car park.

Balochroy: (NR 726 522) g A small pull off at the edge of the forest may provide enough space for one car, a short carry from the shore.

Ronachan: (NR 740 547) g A track from the south west end of the parking area leads to the shore.

Inverlussa: (NR 643 869) g Easy access to the water and plentiful parking on the grass.

Craighouse (North): (NR 531 684) g There are many options to access the water in Craighouse, but finding a considerate place to leave a car may be difficult. One option is the parking area near the Primary school to the North of the main part of the village.

Tayvallich: (NR 742 872) g Many options to access the water here, but a slipway near village stores and coffee shop may be easiest, and there is some parking nearby. An alternative parking space a bit more out of the village may be found near the sports facilities to the south - launching is probably possible from here, at least around high water.

Carsaig: (NR 735 878) g Easy access to the water by a gravel parking area.

Suggested trips

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