To the north-west
of Kinlochewe is the splendid Loch Maree which runs up towards
the great sea-loch of Loch Ewe, to which it is connected by
the river Ewe.
on all sides by magnificent mountains, Loch Maree is some twelve
miles long and in places is over two miles in width. The loch
is thought by some to have been at one time a continuation of
Loch Ewe. It is studded
with more than twenty delightful little islands which add greatly
to its charm. To the south is Ben Eighe while on its north-western
shores is an area of outstanding scenic beauty which includes
survivors of the great fir trees that were once such a feature
of the old Caledonian
Forest. On the Isle Maree is a well once believed to have magical
properties. Bulls were sacrificed on the island in an ancient
Druid tradition until the seventeenth century, and to add to
the tally there is a wishing tree, an ancient
dead oak, into which pilgrims drove coins as offerings in the
past. The island takes its name from Saint Maelrubha
who crossed from Ulster to Scotland in 671, founded a church
at Applecross and had a hermitage on the island.
Slioch, Loch Maree, Wester Ross, Scotland. 10x8 Photograph (25x20cm) Slioch, Loch Maree from Robert Harding.
the mountains which rise from the loch’s eastern shore
is mighty Slioch. It stands in splendid isolation, thus emphasising
its grandeur. It reaches up to a height of 3,217 feet. Down
its colourful and stately slopes can be seen the scars and fissures
streams tumble and roar after each great storm. Slioch is an
impressive sight at every season of the year.
is Lochan Fada which nestles between this mountain and the heights
of Sgurr Ban which rise up to
3,194 feet in rugged splendour. Poolewe stands on the narrow
neck of land between Loch Maree and Loch Ewe and is well equipped
as a tourist centre. Loch Ewe itself has excellent salmon and
sea-trout fishing and during both World Wars was used as an
alternative base for
the great fleets from Scapa Flow.
into the land to the west of Poolewe is Gair Loch and a road
winds around its sides passing through the
hamlets of Badachro and Opinan to Red Point which marks the
northern extremity of the mouth of Loch Torridon.
On the north
side of Upper Loch Torridon the dominant feature is the splendid
bulk of Ben Alligin. With a height of 3,232 feet Ben Alligin
is formed not of sandstone, but of Hebridean gneiss, and from
it descends a magnificent burn, dropping from Coire Mhic Nobuil
in a series of waterfalls flanked by heather and pine, which
make one of the most beautiful sights in the Highlands.
Gair Loch the peninsula thrusts up to terminate at Ruba Reidh
and the high moorlands of An Cuaidh
(971 feet). Near Poolewe, at the head of Loch Ewe, are Inverewe
Gardens, one of the most magnificent displays of flora in the
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