MHG17325 - Clanranald Harbour - Isle of Eigg


Clanranald Harbour on the Isle of Eigg.

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  • HARBOUR (18th Century - 1790 AD to 1790 AD)

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Clanranald Harbour on the Isle of Eigg.

The harbour was listed at Category C in 1971. Circa 1790. Simple rubble basin consisting of 2 L-shaped arms, utilising and linking natural rocky outcrops, with centre entrance at south. SW arm in poor condition. Basin much silted up. Eigg was part of Clanranald of Arisaig lands.

This harbour, which dries out at low tide, stands at the head of Galmisdale Bay. It comprises two piers, each partly founded on a low reef, which curve towards each other to enclose an area measuring about 50m from N to S by 45m. The harbour mouth, which is on the S, is about 17m wide. The E pier is the better-preserved of the two, measuring about 45m in length by 4.4m in breadth and standing up to 3m in height at its S end, where a flight of steps leads down towards the water. The W pier, by contrast, appears as little more than an elongated pile of rubble. There are two slipways within the harbour. One, at least 50m long, carries a pair of iron rails; the other is made of concrete and is used to overwinter a yacht. This harbour, known as the Clanranald Pier, was built in 1790. The E pier is shown on William Bald's 1806 map of Eigg; the W pier was added by 1877, the date of the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Island of Eigg, Inverness-shire sheet lxxiii).
Visited by RCAHMS (AGCH) 12 October 2002: (EIGG01 1193)
C Dressler 1998

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Grid reference Centred NM 4830 8416 (100m by 100m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM48SE
Civil Parish SMALL ISLES
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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