Loch Creran

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Loch Creran is a sea loch in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland.[1] It is about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long from its head at Invercreran to its mouth on the Lynn of Lorne, part of Loch Linnhe. The loch separates the areas of Benderloch to the south and Appin to the north. The island of Eriska lies at the mouth of the loch. The loch is bridged at its narrowest point at Creagan, by the A828 road. The village of Barcaldine lies on the south shore of the loch.

Coordinates: 56°31′38.8″N 5°20′21.2″W / 56.527444°N 5.339222°W / 56.527444; -5.339222At the head of Loch Creran lies the Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve,[2] an internationally important atlantic oakwood managed by Scottish Natural Heritage, classified as both a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

This predominantly ash and oak woodland is home to butterflies like the rare chequered skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon),[3] as well as being frequented by otters (Lutra lutra).[4]


  1. ^ Council, Argyll and Bute (11 January 2011). "Loch Creran Guide". Argyll and Bute Council.
  2. ^ Heritage, MHSL1 - Scottish Natural. "Glasdrum Wood - Scotland's National Nature Reserves". www.nnr-scotland.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  3. ^ "Site Information". gateway.snh.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  4. ^ "Site Information". gateway.snh.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-01.