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The Minch, Ullapool

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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The Minch, also called North Minch, is a strait in north-west Scotland, separating the north-west Highlands and the northern Inner Hebrides from Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. It was known as Skotlandsfjörð in Old Norse.The Lower Minch, also known as the Little Minch, is the Minch's southern extension, separating Skye from the lower Outer Hebrides: North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra etc. It opens into the Sea of the Hebrides. The Little Minch is the northern limit of the Sea of the Hebrides.GeographyThe Minch and Lower Minch form part of the Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland, as defined by the International Hydrographic Organization.The Minch ranges from 14to wide and is approximately 70mi long. It is believed to be the site of the biggest meteorite ever to hit the British Isles. The Lower Minch is about 15mi wide. In June 2010 Eilidh Macdonald became the first person to swim across it from Waternish Point on Skye to Rodel on Harris, in a time of 9.5 hours.
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  • Our day trip from Lochinver to Lewis by the CalMac ferry Loch Seaforth, only afforded us twenty minutes at our destination before the 2.5 hour sail back to Ullapool. We sat down to a reasonable big br...  read more »
  • We were fortunate enough to have incredibly good weather for the crossing from Stornaway to Ullapool. The ferry has plenty of room with seating, cafeteria and a small shop. We were even fortunate to s...  read more »
  • First crossings on the new(-ish) car ferry, MV Loch Seaforth - a name fondly familiar to many grey-haired travellers from an earlier, less frantic era. A great improvement for families compared with i...  read more »