Loch Eriboll is the widest and deepest of the inlets to be found on the north coast of Scotland. The loch is a welcome refuge from the often perilous seas off Cape Wrath and in the Pentland Firth. During the Second World War the loch's sheltered position was made use of by the North Atlantic convoys, who used it as an assembly point, although the crew members dubbed it "Loch 'Orrible". There is a small island in the middle of the Loch which was used as target practice by bombers destined to destroy the German battleship Tirpitz, which would take place in a similarly shaped Norwegian fjord. At the end of the war, German U-boats surrendered to the British Navy on Loch Eriboll. At Laid, on the western shore of the loch, is the Choraidh Croft Farm Park, which houses over 30 breeds of rare farm animals, including Soay sheep from the Outer Hebrides. The area around the loch was inhabited as early as the Bronze Age, and there are still some remains from that time.
Map of the area.
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