Corrywreckan Whirlpool

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The stretch of water lying between the islands of Jura and Scarba is considered by sailors to be one of the most treacherous anywhere in the British Isles. It’s a magnificent sight to behold, with whirlpools, powerful currents and standing waves. The strength of tide, wind strength and direction, atmospheric pressure, and whether it is a flood or ebb tide will affect what you see. A spring flood tide tends to produce standing waves, a spring ebb tide a series of upthrusts and whirlpools with sometimes one big whirlpool.