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Issue 61 - Sight over the Sound

Scotland Magazine Issue 61
February 2012


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Sight over the Sound

Is there a finer view than that from Crinan over the Sound of Jura?

You may be hard pushed to find one. The Crinan Canal is frequently called the most beautiful short cut in Scotland, the short cut being between Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig and the Sound of Jura at Crinan, granting an easier passage for sailors between the Clyde Estuary and the Inner Hebrides, without the need for a long diversion around the Kintyre peninsula.

Once Crinan is reached this beautiful, tranquil place commands an extraordinary viewpoint over some of the finest scenery of Scotland’s renowned western seaboard.

The northern half of Jura dominates much of the foreground with Scarba, separated from Jura by the infamous Gulf of Corryvreckan, and Luing (part of the famed Slate Islands, more commonly known as ‘the islands that roofed the world) forming what seems to be an impenetrable barrier between the Sound of Jura and the Firth of Lorn.

The view culminates with the spectacular sight of the big, brawny mountains of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula with the wonderful profile of both Ben More and Dun da Ghaoithe particularly prominent and a fitting end to what is a truly breathtaking view.