is a long sea-loch which runs from the Sound of Bute deep into
the heart of the Argyll mountains. At its head Glen Fyne continues
up the line of the river of the same name, almost to the lower
slopes of Ben Lui. The scenery is magnificent throughout the
whole length of the loch and the fishing is superb, with good
catches of salmon and sea trout as well as the usual sea-fishing.
of splendid rivers drain into the loch and these also are well
river Fyne is beautiful, falling from the heights of Meall nan
Tighearn, Beinn Bhaigairean and Beinn
Bhoidheach down between Ceann Garbh, Beinn Bhuidhe and Meall
an Fhudair in a series of pretty falls but
hydro-electric works now mar the heights below Maol Breac and
Loch Shira, with tunnels and pipes connecting the two at Achadunan.
At the eastern head of the loch Glen Kinglas runs in at Cairndow.
Formerly called Kilmorich, this township lies close to the Ardkinglass
estate, on the banks of the loch, famed for its cattle
and sheep. Up the pass, towards Glen Croe and Loch Long is the
well celebrated ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ Inn
and, towering above both is Ben Ime (3.318 feet), and the uniquely
shaped dome of The Cobbler (2,891 feet).
the Ardkinglass estate another gap in the mountains is made
by Hell’s Glen, which is an extension of the gorge of
the river Goil, which runs down to
Lochgoilhead and the promontory known as Argyll’s Bowling
green. A ferry connects St. Catherine’s with Inveraray
and the western coast of the loch, while
below is the ancient family seat of the MacArthur Campbell at
Strachur. This small resort stands at the head of a glen leading
to Loch Eck, a long narrow loch,
hemmed in by the hills of Beinn Mhor (2,433 feet) and Beinn
Bheula (2, 557 feet), which terminates at Holy Loch
the west side of Loch Fyne, apart from Inveraray, which we have
already mentioned, there lies, a little inland, the village
of Auchindrain. This village lay
uninhabited for many years, as have so many of the old Highland
hamlets, but in 1963 a local trust set about transforming it
into an entire and complete museum of
Highland life and architecture. As such it is unique in the
Highlands or indeed anywhere else in Scotland.
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also on the west side of the Loch and as its name implies, is
where iron-smelting works were established in the early 19th
century and, close by, is
the granite quarry of Dun Leacainn which was opened up in 1841
and is still working. Lochgilphead, further down on the same
side of the loch, contains the Argyll County Council headquarters.
It stands on the Crinan Canal which crosses the peninsula to
join the sea at Crinan Loch. The road (A.83) leads on south
through Ardrishaig and follows Loch Fyne down as far as Tarbert
branching off to the west coast of Kintyre and on to Campbeltown.
Tarbert has a good anchorage and was
important in the hey-day of the Loch Fyne fishing industry and
the ruined castle that stands on East Loch Tarbert was once
owned by Robert the Bruce. On the other side of the loch a minor
road runs all the way from Newton to Otter Ferry, Kilfinan and
Drum and so to lonely Ardlamont Point which overlooks the Sound
of Bute and the lovely Isle of Arran.
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