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.
Purchase prints of photos in a wide range of sizes and media at my online store at Redbubble.

Purchase prints at Redbubble.com button image
Find out more about purchasing from Redbubble here.

Discover and explore Northern Sutherland through the articles and links below.

Search for accommodation using Booking.comBuy guide books and maps from Amazon
Buy maps from the Ordnance SurveyCheck out reviews at TripAdvisor
Late afternoon on beautiful Ceannabeinne beach (Traigh Allt Chailgeag)
Ceannabeinne Durness – Grey November Day but Still Beautiful
Saturday was a grey day in the far north, there was some mizzle in Caithness to start. The forecast had seemed okay so I set out with my boy to head west and do something. No firm plans, just a need (on my part) to get out of the house ...
Read More
Dawn Over the Kyle of Tongue, Northern Sutherland
Ben Hope Summit Camp
Back in July I had a free weekend that coincided with good weather in the north west. This generally seems to be a rare occurrence with good weather appearing to only happen during the working week. Whilst having climbed Ben Hope many times I had never spent a night high ...
Read More
Photo of a Puffin surveying the geo around Wester Clett, "Puffin Island"
Puffin Colony – Wester Clett, Sutherland
Just on the Sutherland side of the Sutherland/Caithness border is a deep geo, or coastal inlet, with a steep sided island called Wester Clett in the middle. Wester Clett has been popularly named "Puffin Island", which is fair enough given the number of puffins here in the summer months. The ...
Read More

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: