Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Loch Ewe, the River Ewe rushes for three miles from Loch Maree into Loch Ewe, a sea loch ten miles long on the on the west coast. Poolewe is at the head of the loch, near the exotic Inverewe Gardens. In the seventeenth century, the Ewe powered the Red Smiddy blast furnace at Poolewe, the second such in Scotland. At the wee village of Aultbea, on the east shore, there were anchorages for the Home Fleet in World Wars I and II. During World War II Arctic convoys assembled here en route for Russia. The small Isle of Ewe, in the middle of the loch, made it easier to construct an anti-submarine boom in World War II.