Firth of Lorn

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The Firth and other nearby waterways

The Firth of Lorn or Lorne (Gaelic: An Linne Latharnach) is a firth on Scotland's west coast, in Argyll. It separates the Isle of Mull from the Slate Islands and the region of Lorne on the Scottish mainland. Its width ranges from 3 to 6 miles (5 to 10 km) and it has a total length of 16 miles (26 km).


The long narrow basin forming the firth is part of the Great Glen Fault, which runs through its namesake, the Great Glen, and Loch Linnhe before joining with the Firth of Lorn, whence it runs further southwest across Ireland.

The firth's northeast end forms a junction with several other arms of the sea, namely Loch Linnhe, the Lynn of Lorne, Loch Etive, and the Sound of Mull. Loch Spelve and Loch Don on the Isle of Mull and Loch Feochan on the mainland are inlets of the Firth of Lorn. On the southeast side, there are also several channels and sounds in the Slate Islands.


Tidal conditions in and around the Firth of Lorn cause a number of phenomena, such as the Falls of Lora at the outlet of Loch Etive, and whirlpools and standing waves in the Gulf of Corryvreckan between Scarba and Jura.

In popular culture[edit]

The Firth of Lorne featured as the location for the boat chase near the end of the second James Bond film From Russia with Love, released in 1963.[1]


  1. ^ "From Russia with Love (1963)" Retrieved 11 September 2010.

Coordinates: 56°20′N 5°45′W / 56.333°N 5.750°W / 56.333; -5.750