I was talking to Carina (my partner) about how the various Firths of Scotland form natural regions, and she suggested an area I hadn’t thought big enough: The Firth of Lorn.
Today we were on Gigha and my old friend Arthur Jackson took this great photo of the Paps of Jura whilst standing on Gigha’s west coast. The stretch of water in between is the Sound of Jura, which is only separated from the Firth by the isle of Jura. I consider it to be part of the wider region of Lorn.
Furthermore, when you start thinking of Loch Linnhe as part of this region, it extends all the way up to Fort William and includes many inhabited islands, including Lismore, Seil and Luing as well as Islay, Jura and Colonsay.
When you start to see the firth as a natural region, the land on either side is included. The big island of Mull becomes part of it, as does Morvern, Lochaber and the port of Oban.
My peninsula of Kintyre, plus Knapdale to the north, lie at the boundary between the Firths of Clyde and Lorn. Waters flowing east end up into the Clyde, whilst those to the west (where I live) flow into the Lorn.