Loch Linnhe

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Linnhe, a beautiful sea-loch, mainly of Argyllshire, but partly also of Inverness-shire. Striking north-eastward from the junction of the Firth of Lorn with the Sound of Mull, it extends 311/4 miles, nearly in direct line with the former and at right angles to the latter; has a maximum breadth of 8½ miles, and at Corran Narrows contracts to 1½ furlongs; contains Lismore, Shuna, and some other isles and islets; separates Appin on the SE from Morvern and Ardgour on the NW; sends off from its SE side Lochs Creran and Leven; and forms part of the line of navigation from the Caledonian Canal; to the western seas. The upper 93/8 miles, from Corran Narrows to Fort William, are often known as Lower Loch Eil. On 20 Aug. 1847 the Queen steamed up Loch Linnhe, whose ` scenery is magnificent, such beautiful mountains! ' See also pp. 158-164 of Dorothy Wordsworth's Tour in Scotland (ed. by Princ. Shairp, 1874).Ord. Sur., shs. 44, 45, 52, 53, 1876-84.

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