Loch Carron

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Strome Castle on the shore of Loch Carron
Across Loch Carron to the Applecross peninsula

Loch Carron is a long sea loch on the west coast of Ross-shire; a mountain-begirt loch of the Highlands. The River Carron enters the head of the loch as its main river.

According to the marine charts, the tidal currents reach 3 knots in the narrows, although not much water disturbance is visible in the flow. At the narrows, the depth of water is less than 10 fathoms, but in the basins on either side, it extends to a depth of more than 50 fathoms. Beneath the cliffs at Strome Castle is a colony of flame shells.


Tourism is a significant industry in the Highlands and this coast shares in that, as visitors generate important local economic activity. Tourism provides employment for local people and attracts many visitors to Lochcarron in particular because of its traditional seaside location.

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

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