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Corryvreckan, Strait of


(Gulf of Corryvreckan)

Barely a half-mile (1.5 km) wide, the Strait of Corryvreckan forms a narrow passage between the north coast of the island of Jura and the smaller Scarba in the Inner Hebrides. Taking its name from the Gaelic for 'Breackan's Cauldron' it is best known for its dangerous whirlpool which is caused by the surging tide. Exaggerated tales of mermaids and sea monsters are associated with the Strait.


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