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Crinan, Loch


(Crinan Loch)

A sealoch of Argyll and Bute, Loch Crinan lies on the Sound of Jura at the seaward end of the Crinan Canal and overlooking the island of Jura. The settlement of Crinan lies at the southern end of the loch while Lochgilphead is 6 miles (10 km) northwest.

Loch Crinan gives its name to the intrusive igneous rock Crinanite, a form of dolerite, which forms a system of dykes centred on the loch. The term was first applied in 1911 by Sir John Flett (1869 - 1947) but has subsequently been deprecated.


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