Loch Eriboll is a sea loch situated on
the north coast of Scotland, 6 miles east
of Durness, 73 miles west of
The Loch is popular for its Viewpoint
and Deer Island. Postcode: IV27 4UJ.
See also a large Click On
Map for Top Attractions in the area.
The image top is from the southwest side of
Loch Eriboll looking north out into the North
Atlantic towards the Faroe Islands about 300
miles north, and Greenland about 600 miles
The second image is of Ard Neackie, that
looks like an island but is actually connected
to the mainland by a narrow strip of land.
The Viewpoint is at a high point above Ard
Neackie, one of those areas in Scotland you
just have to spend some time taking in the
Deer Island is just over the hill to the
north of Ard Neackie. There is a small car park
looking down over the Island. At times, there
can be up to 20 red deer on the small
Deer Island is in the small Loch Ach'an,
that is connected to Loch Eriboll.
The road to Ben Hope Mountain starts 2 miles
east of Loch Eriboll. The mountain can be found
by traveling down that Loch Hope road for about
5 miles. This is the furthest north mountain in
Scotland over 3,000ft, with a fairly large car
park for the many hikers, with a well marked
walking route up past waterfalls to the top.
Photo Tour of
Loch Eriboll History
Loch Eriboll is about 16 km / 10 miles long.
The road along the north coast of Scotland
between Durness and John O Groats would be 75
miles if it were not for this loch. The 15
miles you have to drive around the Loch takes
the distance up to 90 miles.
There are Bronze Age and Iron Age remains
around the loch.
This is a deep water Loch known to have been
used by ships for many centuries when trying to
Around the loch are the crofting areas of
Eriboll, Laid, Heilam, Portnancon, and Rispond.
These would once have been thriving communities
before the highland clearances of the early
1800s. Today, they are just a few houses.
1829 - the Sutherland/Stafford family bought
most of the land in this area from the
Mackay's. They then built Roads to the area and
Piers on each side of the Loch to run the
Heilam Ferry across the Loch between Portnancon
and Ard Neackie.
The Ferry Inn was also built at this time by
the pier at Portnancon, although nothing
remains of the Inn today.
The Sutherland's cleared many crofters from
the area to make way for large scale sheep
1870s - Limekilns were built on Ard Neackie
to make Quick Lime to be used as mortar for
buildings. The Lime was transported by ship to
be used in buildings around the UK.
1890s - the road was completed around the
Loch, leading to the closure of the Ferry
1940s - the Royal Navy used the loch during
World War II with the mighty Battle Cruiser
HMS Hood being based here.
1944 - Eilean Choraidh, largest island in
the loch, was used by British bombers for
target practice before their attack on the
mighty German battleship Tirpitz that
was anchored in a Norwegian Fjord.
1945 - the German surrender at the end of
World War II led to their remaining 33 U-boats
being taken to Loch Eriboll.
2011 - the loch was used for the largest War
Games ever held in the UK, involving the navy's
assault ship HMS Bulwark,
used to land Marines on land.