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Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
(Scottish Gaelic: Loch Fìne, pronounced [l̪ˠɔx fiːnə]), meaning Loch of the Vine or Wine, is a sea loch off the Firth of Clyde
Firth of Clyde
and forms part of the coast of the Cowal
peninsula. Located on the west coast of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It extends 65 kilometres (40 mi) inland from the Sound of Bute, making it the longest of the sea lochs. It is connected to the Sound of Jura
Sound of Jura
by the Crinan Canal. Although there is no evidence that grapes have grown there, the title is probably honorific, indicating that the river, "Abhainn Fìne", was a well-respected river. In the north the terrain is mountainous, with the Arrochar Alps, Beinn Bhuidhe, Glen Shira, Glen Fyne, Glen Croe, Arrochar, Tyndrum
and Loch Lomond nearby. It is overlooked by the Tinkers' Heart, an old travelers' monument.[1] Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
is a popular area for sport diving and fishing. It is also a popular tourist destination with attractions such as Inveraray
Castle and the nearby ruins of Castle MacEwen
Castle MacEwen
and Old Castle Lachlan. The village of Portavadie
is on the east shore of the loch. A passenger ferry traverses the loch to Tarbert from the slipway at Portavadie. Dolphins, seals and otters inhabit the loch, and basking sharks can appear in its waters during the summer months. A Ross's gull
Ross's gull
was present at the loch in early 2007.

Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
in Scotland


1 Crinan Canal 2 Fisheries 3 World War II 4 Gallery 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Crinan Canal[edit]

The Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
at Bellanoch

The Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
connects Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
at Ardrishaig
and the Sound of Jura at the hamlet of Crinan itself, giving a shortcut for smaller vessels out to the Hebrides
saving the longer route of going around the Kintyre
peninsula. The canal was built between 1794 and 1801 when the canal was opened, under the supervision of John Rennie. In 1816 Thomas Telford
Thomas Telford
redesigned parts of the canal to remedy technical issues with water supplies for the canal. There are fifteen locks along the canals nine mile length.[2]

Fisheries[edit] Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
has a reputation for its oyster fishery, and as a consequence, the loch has given its name to the once locally owned Loch Fyne Oysters
Loch Fyne Oysters
and to the associated Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
Restaurants.[3] It is also notable for its herring-fishing industry, and hence the famous Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
Kipper, originally caught using the drift-net method. In the mid-19th century, Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
was the center of the battle between the traditional drift-net fishermen and the new trawl-net fishermen who sprang up around Tarbert and Campbeltown
in 1833.[4] Several Scottish sea-fishing records have been set in the loch:

Species Weight lb-oz-dr Angler Date Method

Dogfish black mouthed 02-13-08 (1.29 kg) J. H. Anderson 1977 Boat

Poor cod 01-00-00 (0.45 kg) F. Johnstone 1970 Shore

Tadpole fish 01-04-00 (0.57 kg) H. Donnelly 1995 Shore

Blue whiting 01-12-00 (0.79 kg) J. H. Anderson 1977 Boat

World War II[edit]

A lecture at HMS Quebec in Inverary

Around a quarter of a million troops trained at HMS Quebec, No.1 Combined Training Centre, Inveraray
in amphibious-landing techniques on the shores of Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
prior to the D-Day landings. Some 30 senior officers, each with a staff vehicle and radio also took part in a top secret deception exercise to convince the Germans that a major sea assault was being prepared but could not be launched until at least September 1944.[5][6]


Bridge on Loch Fyne. The spires of Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle
can just be seen on the left.

Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne
at Inverary harbour.

A view towards the north-eastern tip of the loch from St Catherines.

The view down Loch Fyne, from Inveraray. The Fairy Hill can be seen in the distance to the right.

See also[edit]


Railway Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne


^ "MSPs seek action over Tinkers' Heart in Argyll". BBC News. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2016-12-14.  ^ " Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland". Undiscoveredscotland.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-03.  ^ http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Retail_and_leisure/article1682251.ece ^ The Rinn-Net Fishermen, Martin ^ "No. 1 COMBINED TRAINING CENTRE, INVERARAY". Combinedops.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01.  ^ "Major General Desmond Mangham - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Map sources for Loch Fyne

Old Castle Lachlan
Old Castle Lachlan
- website Gaelic place names of Scotland
- website Combined Operations Command - website

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