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Choire Ghuirm, Lochan a'


(Loch of the Green Corrie)

A small corrie loch located in the Assynt district of the W Highlands, Lochan a' Choire Ghuirm (or Loch of the Green Corrie) lies in the shadow of Glas Bheinn, 4½ miles (7 km) south southeast of Unapool and 10½ miles (17 km) east northeast of Lochinver. This loch was a favourite of the poet Norman MacCaig (1910-96), who would fish here for brown trout. Poet and novelist Andrew Greig (b.1951), who was a friend of MacCaig's wrote At the Loch of the Green Corrie (2010) describing a promise made to the older poet in his last months to try to catch a trout for him in this loch. MacCaig explained 'Go to Lochinver and ask for a man named Norman MacAskill - if he likes you he may tell you where it is. If you catch a fish, I shall be delighted. If you fail, then looking down from a place in which I do not believe, I shall be most amused.' In further celebration of the centenary of MacCaig's birth, Greig brought folk musician Aly Bain (b.1946) and comedian Billy Connolly (b.1942) on a journey from McCaig's home in Edinburgh to this loch for the BBC television programme Fishing for Poetry (2010).


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