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    Reflections on Loch Duich
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    Loch Duich

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    Reflections on Loch Duich
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    Favorite thing: Loch Duich is a strikingly beautiful loch, stretching for aprox five miles, from Shiel Bridge at the head to Loch Alsh and Loch Long at it's northern end. Most people will know of it simply because Eilean Donan Castle sits extremely prettily on it's north eastern edge, just before the loch meets Loch Long and Loch Alsh.

    As you travel north along the loch,particularly it's lesser travelled western side, look back to the stunning views of the Five Sisters mountain range. It cannot fail but to stir you. On this western side there are a few straggly settlements, including a riding school and B@B's. The road passes though Letterfearn to end at Totaig.

    Fondest memory: http://www.visitdunkeld.com/tour-loch-duich.htm

    We have camped outside the cemetery, near Ratagan, a couple of times in the motorhome. We fell in love with the views and it is still one of my favourite places. We have also seen seals here, across the water, when we were in our boat. They were basking on the rocks and we were able to get really close.

    From here, it's a couple of miles back along the loch to the start of the Ratagan Pass, over to Glenelg. We spent the night on Loch Duich as it was pouring down and visibility was poor and the next morning we travelled the pass in brilliant sunshine. Worth waiting for!!!!

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    Dolphins.....!!!!!!!

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    Sound of Sleat

    Favorite thing: I had read that sightings of dolphins, porpoises and minke whale were quite common in the Sound of Sleat. Every day I watched the sea for any disturbance. The first couple of days, not even a seal was spotted but plenty of seabirds pretending to be them.

    One early evening, as we were waiting for the tide to come in sufficiently to get the boat out, there was a sudden commotion in the bay. I expected porpoises but these were huge and definitely not black. There were many of them, frolicking and playing, leaping out of the water and standing on their heads. I was thrilled, particularly once we had the boat in the water and they suddenly leapt up all around us. So close I thought we might capsize!!!! These were undoubtedly dolphins, their inquisitiveness and following of the boat making it a dead cert.

    These beautiful creaures stayed in the bay for at least a couple of hours and when we arose the next morning they were still out there, closer to Skye this time.

    Fondest memory: Watching those dolphins!!!!!

    No pics, sorry, only video recording.

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