(Loch Àlainn)

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Aline, Loch, a hamlet and a sea-loch in Morvern parish, Argyllshire. The hamlet stands within the W side of the loch's mouth, 4 miles ESE of its post-village Morven, is of recent origin, and has a pier and a public school, which in 1879 had an average attendance of 27. and a grant of £34. The loch strikes NNE from the Sound -of Mull, immediately W of Artornish Castle, has a very narrow entrance, but expands to a width of fully ½ mile, and is 2½ miles long. Its lower part is comparatively tame, but its upper is rocky, intricate, and picturesque: and Scott, in his Lord of the Isles, speaks of ' green Loch Aline's woodland shore.' Two streams descend to its head-Ronach Water from Loch-Na-Cuirn through Loch Ternate, at the NE angle: and, at the NW, the larger Black Water, which, flowing through Glen Dubh, receives a tributary from Glen Geal. ' Here, at the mouth of the streams,' says Dr Macculloch, ' Loch Aline is indeed beautiful, as the close mountain scenery, the accumulation in limited space of woods and rocks, and brawling streams, and cascades, and wild bridges, intermingled with fields and farms, gradually blends with the more placid scenery of the loch itself. ' Loch Aline House is a mansion near the village: and Kinlochaline Castle is a fine, old, turreted square tower on a bold, high rock, near the mouth of the Black Water, is said to have been erected by a lady of the clan Macinnes, and was besieged and captured by Colkitto, lieutenant to the Marquis of Montrose.

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