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Lochaline is a small village with a sheltered anchorage on the southern shoreline of the Northern peninsula opposite the island of Mull.
Its importance lies in the fact that in the area there is a bed of white cretaceous sandstone which, during the Second World War, was Britain's only source of sand for optical glass other than the Continent.
The sand is exceptionally pure and free from iron. The rock is still being mined.
If you would like to stay in this pretty village off Lochaline then bed & breakfast accommodation could be the best solution for your stay.
This village at the mouth of Loch Aline on the south end of Morven. on the A884, is noted for its sand 'mine ' Lochalinc sand (99% silica) became an industrial factor in 1940, when high-grade sand was needed for the manufacture of optical glass and scientific instruments, which could not be imported. Mining Continues to provide work, and by 1962 a million tons had been removed.
On a point across Loch Aline is the ruin of Ardtornish Castle, the 14th-cent. seat of the Lord of the Isles. In 1461 was the scene of negotiations between the Lord of the Isles and representatives of Edward IV of England. which led to the Treaty of Westminster directed against the King of Scots. This led ultimately to the forfeiture of the Lordship of the Isles. Lochaline has car-ferry connections with OBAN. CRAIGNURE and Fishnish on Mull, and points further west.