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"Craobh Haven is a small purpose-built village and sailing port on the west coast of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is situated on the Craignish peninsula, one mile to the west of the A816 road, approximately 22 miles (35 km) south of Oban. Craobh Haven is between Arduaine and Kilmartin, and around 17 miles (27km) north of Lochgilphead. Craobh Haven was built in 1983 as a holiday resort village and marina. Glasgow based architects Gillespie, Kidd & Coia were involved in the early stages of the project, but were replaced before the construction of the buildings. The large, safe water marina was formed by the building of causeways and a large breakwater between a small group of tidal saltwater islands. The village has one public house, called "The Lord of The Isles", a village store, as well as a harbourmaster and marina office. A watersports centre, together with holiday accommodation, is located on Eilean Buidhe, one of the small islands surrounding the marina. Within the village, there are two small terraces of houses, a group of small cottages, the majority of which are used as holiday rentals, and several small cottages and larger houses scattered around the outer edges and the hillside above the village.
The enclosed marina is very popular with private boat owners, but does not have anchorage for larger passenger vessels. There are occasional visits to the village by small cruise ships, touring the nearby islands, which land passengers by their ships boats to awaiting coaches, for sight-seeing trips ashore. The waters to the north of Craobh Haven are part of the Firth of Lorne, and the village overlooks the Slate Islands, with Shuna being the closest. Beyond the Slate Islands are the Garvellachs, and to the southwest are the islands of Colonsay, Oronsay, Jura and Islay."
I'm told that Craobh Haven is pronounced "Croove Haven" rhyming with "In the Groove." What does Craobh mean in gaelic? "A small tree or shrub."Some photos:
A map showing Craobh Haven in relation to Glasgow. Sourece: http://www.craobhcottages.co.uk/
Aerial view of Craobh Haven showing location of Lunga House. Source: Google.
The Lord of the Isles pub in Craobh Haven. We're likely to be here for Sunday night dinner.
The marina at Craobh Haven. Photo: http://farm8.staticflickr.com
A panoramic view from Eilean Buidhe, just off Craobh Haven.
Nearby to Craobh Haven:
The church at Kilmartin.
At the start—or end—of the Crinan Canal.
The Nether Largie Mid Cairn.
Rainbow near the Nether Largie Mid Cairn.
The Temple Wood Stone Circle.
The Chapel at Craignish.
View to the west from near Craignish.