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Shoreline

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Shorelines

Surrounded by Loch Linnie, Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull the extensive coast line of Morvern include rocky outcrops, sea lochs, a few beeches, rocky cliffs and river outflows.

There are some distinctive characteristics around the peninsula:

Steep sided cliffs falling into the sea from Kingairloch to Glen Tarbert, rich wooded areas to the North by Glen Cripesdale and also in areas to the South and West. In the West particularly a stepped hillside landscape that links Morvern to its violent volcanic past. Beaches on Morvern are also worth noting, to the West and South West beaches are black with basalt, to the East they are white.

Conditions on the West coast are influenced by the North Atlantic Gulf Stream; which brings the warmer waters from the Gulf of Mexico to the North West coast of Britain. This means that the West coast suffers less extreme temperature ranges than the East coast; although the wind and rain may be greater.

The waters around Morvern are relatively unpolluted; as a result these waters contribute to a rich diversity and quality of marine wildlife along the shoreline and in the seas around. The favourable weather conditions described above and referred to as 'oceanic' conditions (relatively mild winters and cool summers) is a direct contributory factor to a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest that are located on this coastline; four SSSI; with some regarded as being of European significance.

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