Venture West RIB at the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

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Picture of a RIB cruising around a whirlpool between two islandsA regular visitor to the Corryvreckan, the RIB of Venture West is cruising right around the whirlpool on a beautiful sunny April day. We watched it from the far north of Jura during our Jura excursion with the Islay walking week.

Gulf of Corryvreckan panorama, Isle of Jura

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Panoramic picture of a gulf between two islands on a beautiful sunny spring dayA panoramic view over the Gulf of Corryvreckan from the north of Jura, looking over to Scarba. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool with a standing wave on the left. This is from an excursion to Jura during the Islay walking week in April 2015.

For a much better view here is a larger version of the panorama of the Gulf of Corryvreckan.

Standing wave at the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

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Picture of a standing wave at a whirlpool caused by tidal streamsBefore we set off for the Islay walking week excursion to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool at the northern end of Jura I had deliberately set my expectations low, knowing that the conditions would unlikely be right for a great display. Just having see the location and may be a few currents would be great. However, when we arrived we were positively surprised:

While by no means in full actions we got to see standing waves several times as the tidal current was rushing through the Gulf of Corryvreckan. At times almost the whole gulf seemed to be boiling. We also heard the roar of the standing wave, a fascinating sound on an otherwise calm and quiet day. The picture doesn’t really do it justice, but I hope it at least gives an idea of the scene.