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Gruinart, Loch

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Gruinnard or Gruinart, a hamlet and a sea-loch on the NW side of Islay island, Argyllshire. The hamlet lies towards the head of the loch, 7 miles NW of Bridgend, and has a post office under Greenock. The loch, entering 8 miles SW of Rudha Mhail Point, penetrates 4¼ miles southward to within 3 miles of the upper part of Loch Indal, and is dry over great part of its area at low water. It receives at its head the Anaharty, winding 7½ miles south-westward and north-by-westward, and depositing as much silt as to maintain a bar across the loch's mouth; and it has, even at high water, an intricate channel, yet serves as a safe haven for small vessels. A strong party of the Macleans of Mull, landing here in 1588, fought a sanguinary skirmish with the Macdonalds of Islay.

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