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LOCH NA KEAL
Located to the west of Salen in central Mull, Loch na Keal runs west from Killiechronan, Gruline and Knock. A deep tidal loch, its north shores run west towards Oskamull and the Isle of Ulva and the south shores run west towards Gribun, Balnahard and Ardmeanach.
At the western end of the loch is the isle of Eorsa. Almost midway between both shores, Eorsa is uninhabited but occasionally home to sheep.
Further west from the north shore of Loch na Keal is the Isle of Ulva and its adjoining Isle of Gometra. Below Ulva is Little Colonsay and to the east at the sputh western end of Loch na Keal the Isle of Inch Kenneth.
Sitting below the mountain range which includes Ben More (966m), Loch na Keal is famously unpredictable when it comes to weather conditions. The mountains cause clouds to break open into misty and often heavy rain, with the peak of Ben More often swathed in clouds. Winds can changes suddenly and the entire sub-climate of the loch is heavily influences by the state of the tide.
Loch na Keal has as much beauty as anywhere else on the island and is often blessed with superb weather and placid seas, stunning sunsets and cloud formations and suprises. You will know when the weather begins to change as you will see it coming!
It is quite difficult to describe the wealth of wildlife, birds, mammals and marine life, that can be found in on and around Loch na Keal. Home the nesting White Tailed and Golden Eagles, Red and Fallow Deer, Otters, many species of bird including visiting Gannets and often visited by both Dolphins and Porpoise, Loch na Keal is perhaps the beating heart of Mull’s Biodiversity.
It is a recommended visit location on Mull. If you would like to experience Loch na Keal from a boat, Mull Charters run regular trips onto the loch and surrounding waters throughout the summer and are well worth trying.
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