It is well worth visiting Castle (Caisteal) Tioram, even though you can't enter the building for safety reasons. You can still look around the castle, & there are some great views.

The castle sits on Eilean Tioram, which is a tidal island in Loch Moidart (a sea loch). Ten minutes before I took my Profile photo there was only exposed sand. Ten minutes after my Profile photo and the tide had come in fully (see photo below). You'd either have to wait it out or swim for it!

@fitheach Sadly, every castle I ever entered suffered from trash, urination and graffiti.

Good from afar, but far from good.

Nice final line. 😃
Castle Tioram is out-of-the-way and doesn't suffer from these problems. Sadly, plenty of litter elsewhere.

@fitheach I got that line from a franco when i was a kid. He deployed it to describe girls of doubtful appearance.

So, you'd have exactly the opposite problem; if the tide was out you couldn't paddle!

Did you come down the river or from the Eilean Shona direction?

We put in at the castle and paddled down the coast, camped for the night then paddled back.

Was it tricky around Eilean Shona? The narrows either side have a reputation of being difficult when the tide is coming/going.

I think we must have timed it right, it was a fairly easy paddle down stream, the tide was going out and when we came back the tide was out giving us a long portage back to the car. The water was very calm both days.

I've been down the loch, around Eilean Shona and back up the loch. However, I was in a boat with an outboard motor. 😃


@fitheach One of my favourite places. 😃

Here is another view, taken while leading a group on the Shiel Circuit in June 16. We had absolutely glorious weather that week:

Ooh, that does look like a nice day. Your photo is on the exact opposite side.

@wizardofosmium was just talking about paddling around the island.

@fitheach @wizardofosmium - about a week or 10 days after this picture I was in the far north of Ontario getting eaten alive by almost everything with teeth...

@fitheach @wizardofosmium - Blackfly, Horsefly, sandfly, Mossie's mostly...

Bears and Wolf are a bit more shy generally..!

@fitheach @wizardofosmium - Ha, no. You need to have a good kitchen and hygiene system when on a canoe trip where bears are concerned.

Just Black Bear in the east, & they're not so bad. Further north is the Barren ground Grizzlie - they can be trouble & on some of the far north rivers that empty into Hudsons Bay you may see Polar Bear...

My 'bear' count on trips over the last years is less than 10. My 'wolf' count is 1. My 'Moose' count is less than 10.

Lost count of the wee bitey things...

@matt @fitheach
My wife has a picture just like that of my son and me in our canoe.

@fitheach - this was the life for me until very recently. Full-time canoe Guide - mostly in France and Canada, but plenty of trips in Scotland too 😃
I've done the trip from Glenfinnan - head of Loch Ailort quite a few times now - always with clients apart from one shorter trip with my nephew as far as Glenuig.

The coast from Shona to Glenuig can be very tricky in the wrong weather 😉 But it is the most scenic section with the most adventure...

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