Ard Neackie & Loch Eriboll

Ard Neackie is a small scenic peninsula on the east side of Loch Eriboll joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and has an interesting history of lime quarrying (from the outcropping Durness Limestone), lime kilns, and as former home to the Heilam Ferry across Loch Eriboll. Just before the A838 road turns away east towards Tongue, there is a layby with wonderful views down Loch Eriboll with the peninsula of Ard Neackie below. Down the loch the hills of Foinaven, Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh, all Corbetts, provide a beautiful back drop to this stunning spot, one of the very fine viewpoints on the North Coast 500 route.

There is more on the history of Ard Neackie on the Canmore database of Historic Environment Scotland here.

Loch Eriboll is a long sea loch that extends about 16 kilometres south and inland. The A838 North Coast 500 route takes a long but scenic single track detour around its shores; there is no bridge or ferry. The Heilam Ferry operated across the loch until the road was completed around 1890. It operated between Ard Neackie and Portnancon on the west shore. The piers are still standing today. During World War 2 the loch was used as a deep water anchorage and was the scene of the surrender of a number of German U-Boat submarines.

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