Loch Drambuie, Loch Drumbuie, Loch na Droma Buidhe

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Loch na Droma Buidhe is commonly referred to as Loch Drambuie or Loch Drumbuie. 

This is often one of the busiest anchorages on the west coast in summer, as yachts wait for quiet weather to round Ardnamurchan. It's not unknown to be stuck here for a week waiting for a weather window.

The most popular spot is off the river on the south shore, where there's a tradition of crews writing their boat's name in white stones or shells on the beach.  

Loch Drambuie

Points to note:

  • When entering the loch DO NOT be tempted to turn and head directly for the anchorage as there is a submerged rock just inside the entrance.
  • The most sheltered spot if there's a westerly looks like the SW corner, however take care as the seabed here shelves steeply and the holding isn't particularly good.
  • The river mouth has a large drying bank with a steep dropoff that has caught a few yachtsmen out.
  • After strong westerlies there can be a large swell at the narrows where the Atlantic swell is funnelled and concentrated
  • There will probably be fish cages in the north of the bay.
  • The east of the bay has good holding and is usually quiet.

 

 

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