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Lochaline, Old Pier

Pier (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lochaline, Old Pier

Classification Pier (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Sound Of Mull; Lochaline, The Quay

Canmore ID 108841

Site Number NM64SE 20

NGR NM 6796 4462

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Morvern
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM64SE 20 6796 4462

Pier [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1976.

Not to be confused with Lochaline, Old Pier (NM 6735 4422), for which see NM64SE 25.

For adjacent Ferry Pier, see NM64SE 13.

Lochaline (NM 679 447). Droved cattle from Fishnish, Mull were landed at Lochaline. In 1843 it was recorded that 'Underneath the village, a substantial pier has been constructed by the proprietor', this being the only such work noted in the parish of Morvern.

(Lochaline, The Quay). The pier faces E across the narrows at the mouth of the loch. From the S, it is approached along 32ft (9.7m) of quay in the N end of which a flight of nine steps descending towards the pier is inset. From this point, the quay curves outwards through 90 degrees to form the S side of the 54ft (16.4m) square quay. An 18ins (0.46m) long block in the kerb is cut to the shape of the curve. A large iron ring is set in the surface of the quay, about 2ft (0.6m) back from the curve. The SE corner of the pier head is also curved. Near the NE corner there is one old wooden pawl. A slip about 20ft (6.1m) wide rises along the N side of the pier.

Across the mouth of the loch another, less developed, landing place is visible, perhaps for a ferry.

NSA 1845; A Graham and J Gordon 1988.


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