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Loch Morar Invernesshire lies about a quarter of a mile inland from silver-sand-fringed Morar Bay. It is one of Scotland's geological freaks.
The deepest loch in Britain, its depth is 987 ft and, though it lies close to the shallow seas to the west of Scotland, there is no other equivalent depth until the Continental Shelf dips into the Atlantic 170 miles north-west between St Kilda and Rockall.
Loch Morar is said to be the home of 'Morag', a sister to the Loch Ness monster. Many sightings of a strange beast have been reported over the years.
As with 'Nessie', no conclusive evidence has yet been presented to verify its existence.
The village is at the narrow neck of land between Loch Morar and the sea and beside the short Morar river, which is full of sea trout in the right season. Loch Morar is 17 miles long and less than 2 miles wide. At the eastern end it is by far the deepest inland water in Britain at180 fathoms and save for one Scandinavian lake the deepest in Western Europe. It has several islands, on one of which stood an 18th-cent Catholic seminary Simon Lord Lovat was captured hiding in a hollow tree on one of the islands in 1746.
The westerly end of the lochside and village has a crofting population. A small centre for the Highland Home Industries which includes weaving. pottery, and cabinet-making. The Morar shore is famous for its white stands, It is of weathered quartzite and sometimes conditions make it seem to 'sing ' as on one shore of Eigg The views of the islands of Rum and Eigg from the Morar area, and indeed from anywhere along this coast between Arisaig and Mallaig are outstanding. This is a west Highland seascape landscape, and (if such a word may be coined) islandscape of the loveliest kind.