Loch Eil

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Eil, a sea-loch, partly in Argyllshire, partly on the mutual border of Argyll and Inverness shires, and consisting of two distinct portions - Upper and Lower Loch Eil. Upper Loch Eil, commencing 4 miles E by S of the head of Loch Shiel, extends thence 6 3/8 miles east-by-southward, with a varying breadth of 4 and 7 1/3 furlongs. Then come the Narrows, 2 miles long, and 1 furlong wide at the narrowest; and then from Corpach, at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal, in the neighbourhood of Fort William, Lower Loch Eil strikes 9 5/8 miles south-westward, with varying width of 5 furlongs and 1 7/8 mile, to Corran Narrows, where it merges with Loch Linnhe, of which it is often treated as a part. It receives, near Fort William, the Lochy and the Nevis, and is overhung here by the mighty mass of Ben Nevis (4406 feet).—Ord. Sur., shs. 62, 53, 1875-77.

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