Falls of Lora

[Flood tide at the Falls of Lora, seen from Connel Bridge - the falls are flowing "upstream" here]

Where does a waterfall flow in both directions? Answer: The Falls of Lora, underneath Connel Bridge, a few miles north of Oban on the west coast of Scotland. Here, 20 sinuous miles of water making up Loch Etive connect to the Atlantic Ocean by a channel just a few hundred metres wide. Water levels in the loch can't squeeze through the gap fast enough to keep up with rising and falling tides on the ocean side. Coupled with an underwater ridge / sill in the middle of the channel, this causes a set of rapids every 6 hours or so in alternate directions. The spectacle varies from moderately interesting on a neap tide to spectacular on a flood tide (and even more awesome for kayakers), but there's nothing to see apart from the attractive bridge at slack water. The excellent Falls of Lora website (below) should help you time your visit perfectly, and grades the likely strength of the rapids depending on tidal ranges.

[Connel Bridge from the car park, rapids behind]

Name: Falls of Lora ★★☆☆
Location: Underneath Connel Bridge, G.R.: NM 912345 ///plus.viewer.ruins
Anything else? There's a car park on the A85 just west of the bridge - this is a good viewpoint for the bridge. The best view of the falls are from the bridge itself.

[Falls of Lora]


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