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Issue 79 - Loch Loyne

Scotland Magazine Issue 79
February 2015

 

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Loch Loyne

Keith Fergus follows the old road

Situated within the wild and rugged West Highlands, in between the great lochs of Cluanie and Quoich, Loch Loyne is a beautiful and secluded body of water.

During late winter at dawn, with the mountains tops covered in snow and the lower slopes burning red with the warm tones of the rising sun, there are few better views in Scotland.

Perhaps the finest vista of the loch is high up on the A87, a few miles northwest of Invergarry. Here you can look west along Loch Loyne, where the great flanks of huge angular peaks, such as Maol-Chinn Dearg and Gleouriach, augment the stunning view.

The renowned route of the A87 runs for 99 miles from Invergarry to Uig, on the west coast of Skye, travelling through an iconic landscape that includes Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Shiel and the mighty Skye Cuillin.

However this is not the original route. Up until the 1960s a scenic highway ran through Glen Garry to Tomdoun from where it crossed Loch Loyne, via two bridges, and then continued to the historic Cluanie Inn, where it met the A887.

When Loch Loyne was dammed as part of a hydroelectric scheme a section of the road was flooded. Nevertheless today when the water level is low the bridges and road are still visible.

A quick check of an Ordnance Survey map confirms the road’s existence as it can be seen disappearing into Loch Loyne only to re-emerge on its northern bank.