Photo By Peter Watts
Loch Duich
 

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Loch Duich - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

It is great what a day can do. The morning was raining, and in the afternoon the sun was pouring over Loch Duich creating a fantastic scene. I scrambled along the loch side of a view point popular with local fishermen to capture this panorama down the length of the loch. Next stop was the famous Eilean Donan Castle just a little further along Loch Duich. One of the most remarkable things for me was the sharp delineation of the sea level. Below this was brown seaweed but above this the rocks were covered in lichens, some a bright yellow just visible in this image.

Loch Duich - FURTHER INFORMATION

Loch Duich - Scottish Highlands visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Loch Duich' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.

Panorama overlooking Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands. Loch Duich is a 10 mile long sea loch connected to Loch Alsh. This picture was taken from a viewpoint near the mouth of the loch between the hamlet of Keppoch, a few miles past Inverinate, just before reaching Eilean Donan Castle, a very popular tourist attraction in the area. This viewpoint is a few yards scramble around a small hillock that the road cuts through as it bends around the loch on the approach to Dornie village.

The opposite side of Loch Duich is dominated by the hills of Beinn a'Chuirn (603m) and Sgurr Mhic Bharraich (778m). 8 miles further along the A87 from this point, there is a junction marked for Glenelg. This road crosses these hills - with one of the most breath-taking viewpoints in the area at the top of a nerve-wrackingly steep brae. From here, you can see the famous view of the Five Sisters of Kintail, a ridge of mountains side by side and a magnet for climbers. There is another viewpoint over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters, here at Morvich, where there is an excellent campsite very popular with those who come hill walking in the area.

At the foot of this brae to Glenelg, the road junctions for Letterfearn hamlet and runs along the shoreline ending at the small boathouse. From this point, a Forestry Commission footpath runs through a forest right around the coast for about five miles to Glenelg village. This is a popular and gentle walk, however unless you are met at the other end, it's a long walk back! This road is a dead end, but well worth taking the time to explore as it is a very relaxing place to be with views back towards Eilean Donan Castle and the convergence point of Lochs Long, Duich and Alsh.

The A87 runs the full length of Loch Duich on the way from Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isles of Skye.

Travel and Getting There
Loch Duich is on the A87, the mouth of Loch Duich is about 10 miles from Kyle of Lochalsh. At the end of Loch Duich the road climbs Glen Shiel to Loch Cluanie and Glen Moriston on the way to Inverness.

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