Loch Carron

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Strome Castle on the shore of Loch Carron.
Looking across Loch Carron to the Applecross peninsula.

Loch Carron (Scottish Gaelic: "Loch Carrann") is a sea loch on the west coast of Ross and Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands. It is the point at which the River Carron enters the North Atlantic Ocean.[citation needed]

According to the marine charts, the tidal currents reach 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) in the narrows, although not much water disturbance is visible in the flow. At the narrows, the depth of water is less than 20 metres, but in the basins on either side, it extends to a depth of more than 100 metres.[1] Beneath the cliffs at Strome Castle is a colony of flame shells.[1]


Tourism is a significant industry in the Highlands of Scotland and one that generates important local economic activity. It provides employment for local people and attracts many visitors to Wester Ross in general and Lochcarron in particular because of its traditional seaside location.[citation needed]

The Kyle of Lochalsh Line runs along the south side of the loch, with railway stations at Attadale, Stromeferry, Duncraig, and Plockton.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • River Carron
  • Lochcarron, a village on the loch
  • Stromeferry, situated on the south side at the narrows
  • Plockton, village with harbour at the west end from which boat service takes tourists to the seal colony on the islands
Loch Carron from the viewing point above Stromeferry


  1. ^ a b "Dolphin escort". Divernet. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 


  • 2528 Loch Gairloch, Loch Kishorn and Loch Carron (Map) (2007 ed.). UK Hydrographic Office. 

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Coordinates: 57°22′N 5°31′W / 57.367°N 5.517°W / 57.367; -5.517