Scottish Sea Lochs

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Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by pathbrae » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:10 pm

Is there a list of, or even a name for, the Scottish sea lochs more than, say, a mile long, similar to Munro's, Donalds etc. tables for the hills?
And if not - should there be?
With winter heading our way and weather deteriorating I was looking at some lochs to paddle to get a bit of shelter and that started me wondering about whether there were any sea loch "baggers" out there who were ticking off a list of sea lochs around the coast and on the Islands.
Anyone have any idea how many there might be? Has anyone already done this??
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Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by Douglas Wilcox » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:34 am

I have been in a fair few sea lochs but have never thought of ticking them off. There are certainly a lot to explore and some of them like Loch Fyne are very underrated. It would be very difficult to pick a favourite but (West) Loch Tarbert on Jura ticks a lot of boxes if that is your thing :o)

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Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by pathbrae » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:00 pm

West Loch on Jura, and it's mainland West Loch cousin are both fine, as is Loch Fyne but I think Loch Etive is probably a personal favourite with Loch Sween not too far behind at the moment.
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Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by PeterG » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:20 am

Loch Eribol might qualify as most scary with a northerly swell rolling in. Wiki has a list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s ... f_Scotland but I suspect the minimum 1 mile will disqualify many many fine lochs and then there is the definition are we talking fjords or including bay shaped indentations, and what if they are called bays, firths, voes, etc. The ones I remember most were those offering an escape from the swell when landing for the night looked almost impossible.

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Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by Jim » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:55 pm

I think sea kayaking has a geeky enough image without this....

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Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by pathbrae » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:24 pm

There could be a category of "sea lochs paddled without a skeg" if you want geeky
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Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by pathbrae » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:35 pm

210 in the list (although I've already spotted a couple missing...) v 282 Munro's That should add up to a fairly massive mileage to paddle them all.
And should it be a complete circuit, or is it enough to paddle the length of a loch to tick it off?
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Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Post by jmmoxon » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:38 am

For bad weather days, there are over 31,000 freshwater lochs - although only 350 of substantial size...
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of ... f_Scotland

The alphabetic listing should make it harder to complete!

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