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
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
It is overlooked by the Tinkers' Heart, an old travelers' monument.
Loch Fyne is a popular area for sport diving and fishing. It is also a
popular tourist destination with attractions such as
and the nearby ruins of
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
Dolphins, seals and otters inhabit the loch, and basking sharks can
appear in its waters during the summer months. A
Ross's gull was
present at the loch in early 2007.
Loch Fyne in Scotland
1 Crinan Canal
3 World War II
5 See also
7 External links
Crinan Canal at Bellanoch
Crinan Canal connects
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
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 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.
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 Restaurants. It
is also notable for its herring-fishing industry, and hence the famous
Loch Fyne Kipper, originally caught using the drift-net method. In the
Loch Fyne was the center of the battle between the
traditional drift-net fishermen and the new trawl-net fishermen who
sprang up around
Campbeltown in 1833.
Several Scottish sea-fishing records have been set in the loch:
Dogfish black mouthed
02-13-08 (1.29 kg)
J. H. Anderson
01-00-00 (0.45 kg)
01-04-00 (0.57 kg)
01-12-00 (0.79 kg)
J. H. Anderson
World War II
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 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
Inveraray Bridge on Loch Fyne. The spires of
Inveraray Castle can just
be seen on the left.
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.
Loch Fyne Restaurants
^ "MSPs seek action over Tinkers' Heart in Argyll". BBC News.
2014-09-30. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
Crinan Canal Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland".
Undiscoveredscotland.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
^ The Rinn-Net Fishermen, Martin
^ "No. 1 COMBINED TRAINING CENTRE, INVERARAY". Combinedops.com.
^ "Major General Desmond Mangham - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 17
December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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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