Falls of Lora

Location type


Name and dates

Falls of Lora


Description

This is a standing wave and tidal race created, noteably at Spring tides, due to the narrows and change in depth of the channel at Connel Ferry. Eddies can extend as far west as Dunstaffnage Bay.

With a rising tide water cannot enter the upper Loch Etive quickly enough to keep the sea and loch at the same level.

As the tide ebbs water is unable to drain out of Loch Etive as quickly as the fall of the sea level.

The former railway bridge now road bridge, the Connel Ferry Bridge, crosses the narrows.

The tidal stream is sufficiently strong that the timings of steamers from Oban to piers up Loch Etive were based on slack tide at Connel Ferry.


Tags

Tide narrows

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map