Parish of Arisaig and Moidart

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1791-99: Ardnamurchan
1834-45: Ardnamurchan

Moydart, a district in the south-western extremity of the mainland of Inverness-shire, and a sea-loch on the boundary between Inverness-shire and Argyllshire. The district is bounded on the N and NE by Arasaig; on the SE and S, by Loch Shiel, the river Shiel, and Loch Moydart, which divide it from Argyllshire; and on the W by the Atlantic Ocean. Its greatest length, from E to W, is 18 miles; and its mean breadth is 7 miles. Its coast is deeply indented by Lochs Na-Nuagh, Aylort, and Moydart; and its interior, though thoroughly Highland, possesses little interest. The principal objects challenging attention are the mansion of Kinloch Moydart, a Roman Catholic chapel, the ruined Castle-Tirrim, and some woods along Loch Shiel and portions of the coast. The district forms part of the enormous parish of Ardnamurchan. Loch Moydart, opening due SE of Eigg island at a distance of 9 miles, penetrates 5 miles east-south-eastward; is split over two-thirds of its length by Shona island; lies mostly among low heathy hills; and, except for having on its shores Kinloch Moydart House, Castle-Tirrim, and some patches of wood, wears a bare and forbidding aspect. The section of it S of Shona island is the main channel, and has, in its mouth, two wooded islets.

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