Lochan Iain Mhic Leòid

Sea, Estuary, Creek in Sutherland

Scotland

Lochan Iain Mhic Leòid

Badcall Bay
Badcall Bay Credit: Peter Jeffery

Lochan Iain Mhic Leòid is a picturesque sea loch located in the county of Sutherland, in the northernmost part of the Scottish Highlands. It is situated near the small village of Achiltibuie and is known for its stunning natural beauty.

The loch, also referred to as a sea, estuary, or creek, is approximately 3 miles long and is nestled between rolling hills and rugged cliffs. Its tranquil waters are fed by freshwater streams and are connected to the nearby sea, providing a unique blend of marine and freshwater environments.

The surrounding landscape is characterized by its wild and untamed beauty. The loch is surrounded by heather-covered moorland and scattered with rocky outcrops, creating a dramatic backdrop against the glistening waters. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife, including seals, otters, and a variety of bird species.

Lochan Iain Mhic Leòid offers a range of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck at catching brown trout or sea trout, while kayakers and canoeists can explore the peaceful waters and take in the breathtaking scenery. The loch also provides a popular spot for wild swimming and picnicking, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the surroundings.

Overall, Lochan Iain Mhic Leòid is a hidden gem in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, offering a peaceful retreat for those seeking a connection with nature and a glimpse into the untamed beauty of the region.

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Lochan Iain Mhic Leòid Images

Images are sourced within 2km of 58.320348/-5.1610255 or Grid Reference NC1441. Thanks to Geograph Open Source API. All images are credited.

Badcall Bay
Badcall Bay
South view above Upper Badcall over Badcall Bay in late mid-summer evening, 1994 On the horizon are Canisp (2779ft/846m) and Suilven (2399ft/731m). It was after 10 p.m.
South view above Upper Badcall over Badcall Bay in late mid-summer evening, 1994
On the horizon are Canisp (2779ft/846m) and Suilven (2399ft/731m). It was after 10 p.m.
Late evening view to Quinag and Assynt mountains from above Badcall Taken on same road and direction as <a href="https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4762350">NC1542 : South view above Upper Badcall over Badcall Bay in late mid-summer evening, 1994</a>, but about 1/2 mile ahead; possibly zoomed in this case, with Badcall Bay hidden by the hillock on the right. (Cf. also <a href="https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2463952">NC1642 : A894 heads south, west of Loch a' Chreagain Theth</a>).
Late evening view to Quinag and Assynt mountains from above Badcall
Taken on same road and direction as NC1542 : South view above Upper Badcall over Badcall Bay in late mid-summer evening, 1994, but about 1/2 mile ahead; possibly zoomed in this case, with Badcall Bay hidden by the hillock on the right. (Cf. also NC1642 : A894 heads south, west of Loch a' Chreagain Theth).
Southward from Badcall in evening (21.30), 1994 Across Badcall Bay and its islets, over the Rubha Gisgil and then across Loch Cairnbawn (Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin) is the dramatic double peak of Quinag (2,550-2,653 ft.); beyond Quinag and south of Loch Assynt, can be seen Canisp (2779 ft.) and the double peak of Suilven (2399 ft.).
Southward from Badcall in evening (21.30), 1994
Across Badcall Bay and its islets, over the Rubha Gisgil and then across Loch Cairnbawn (Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin) is the dramatic double peak of Quinag (2,550-2,653 ft.); beyond Quinag and south of Loch Assynt, can be seen Canisp (2779 ft.) and the double peak of Suilven (2399 ft.).
Typical Highland minor road: northward towards Scourie from Upper Badcall NE view about a mile above Badcall. (There were/are millions of those 'Passing Place' signs in Scotland.)
Typical Highland minor road: northward towards Scourie from Upper Badcall
NE view about a mile above Badcall. (There were/are millions of those 'Passing Place' signs in Scotland.)
Islands in Badcall Bay Seen from the side of the A894.
Islands in Badcall Bay
Seen from the side of the A894.
Rocky shore at Liobhadh Looking out over the islands in Badcall Bay. The rocks here are Lewisian gneiss.
Rocky shore at Liobhadh
Looking out over the islands in Badcall Bay. The rocks here are Lewisian gneiss.
Badcall Bay
Badcall Bay
Towards Ceannamhor
Towards Ceannamhor
The A894 at Lower Badcall The islands and waters of Badcall Bay ahead.
The A894 at Lower Badcall
The islands and waters of Badcall Bay ahead.
Foreshore with folded layers in Lewisian Gneiss The peninsula of Rubha na Faraid is made of Lewisian Gneiss, cut by a Laxfordian age shear zone. The shoals have a curved shape, caused by the flat early layering being bent into the later shear zone.
Foreshore with folded layers in Lewisian Gneiss
The peninsula of Rubha na Faraid is made of Lewisian Gneiss, cut by a Laxfordian age shear zone. The shoals have a curved shape, caused by the flat early layering being bent into the later shear zone.
The road to Upper Badcall There's a fine view to the south as the road turns a corner on the way to Badcall. Prominent on the horizon is the distinctive profile of Suilven.
The road to Upper Badcall
There's a fine view to the south as the road turns a corner on the way to Badcall. Prominent on the horizon is the distinctive profile of Suilven.
View towards the bay Only the foreground is within this square, but the view extends well beyond over Badcall Bay towards distant Quinag.
View towards the bay
Only the foreground is within this square, but the view extends well beyond over Badcall Bay towards distant Quinag.
Lochan Saile An inlet off Badcall Bay. In the distance is the multi-peaked Quinag.
Lochan Saile
An inlet off Badcall Bay. In the distance is the multi-peaked Quinag.
Upper Badcall Small community that has a fine view out over Badcall Bay.
Upper Badcall
Small community that has a fine view out over Badcall Bay.
Looking across Upper Badcall to Eddrachillis Bay Eddrachillis Bay is liberally provided with islands. Identifying them is quite a challenge! However, I think that the right-hand one with the steep face is Glas Leac <a href="https://www.geograph.org.uk/gridref/NC1340">NC1340</a>, the isolated island just left of centre is Eilean a' Bhreitheimh, and the relatively high one to its left is Ceannamhor <a href="https://www.geograph.org.uk/gridref/NC1339">NC1339</a>.

In the distance on the right is Sidhean Mor (161m in <a href="https://www.geograph.org.uk/gridref/NC0134">NC0134</a>) and the Point of Stoer.
Looking across Upper Badcall to Eddrachillis Bay
Eddrachillis Bay is liberally provided with islands. Identifying them is quite a challenge! However, I think that the right-hand one with the steep face is Glas Leac NC1340, the isolated island just left of centre is Eilean a' Bhreitheimh, and the relatively high one to its left is Ceannamhor NC1339. In the distance on the right is Sidhean Mor (161m in NC0134) and the Point of Stoer.
Glas Leac, Eddrachillis Bay With Meall Earca partly hidden behind it. The small skerry to its left is Sgarbhag. In the distance beyond it is Stoer Point.
Glas Leac, Eddrachillis Bay
With Meall Earca partly hidden behind it. The small skerry to its left is Sgarbhag. In the distance beyond it is Stoer Point.
Summer evening at Badcall Bay Sunglasses were needed to combat the glare of the Sun on this early evening walk around the head of Badcall Bay.
Summer evening at Badcall Bay
Sunglasses were needed to combat the glare of the Sun on this early evening walk around the head of Badcall Bay.
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Lochan Iain Mhic Leòid is located at Grid Ref: NC1441 (Lat: 58.320348, Lng: -5.1610255)

Unitary Authority: Highland

Police Authority: Highlands and Islands

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Lochan Iain Mhic Leoid
Natural: bay
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