Calm and choppy waters at the Gulf of Corryvreckan, Isle of Jura

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Picture of calm and choppy waters at a gulf between two islands
Calm and choppy waters at the Gulf of Corryvreckan, Isle of Jura

A view of contrasts at the Gulf of Corryvreckan, driven by the Corryvreckan whirlpool: “Calm” waters in front of us (although it is still moving with strong currents) with quite choppy waters right behind. This scenery was constantly changing, with calm waters turning into strong eddies and currents and vice versa. An amazing sight, difficult to capture in a picture, much better experienced in person.

The Isle of Mull visible on the horizon.

Current next to the boat at the Corryvreckan whirlpool, Isle of Jura

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Picture of a current/eddy next to a boat in a gulf between two islands.
Current next to the boat at the Corryvreckan whirlpool, Isle of Jura

I found it quite challenging to capture the Corryvreckan whirlpool in a picture as seen from a boat in the Gulf of Corryvreckan. There are currents and eddys everywhere and they change from one second to the next, sometimes before you can react and take a picture. There’s activity everywhere. This picture is one of the closest I managed to take, an eddy swirling right next to the RIB, with the Isle of Scarba in the background (and mainland Argyll in the distance on the right).

Entering the Gulf of Corryvreckan, Isle of Jura

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Picture of a RIB with passengers entering a gulf between two islands, taken from the RIB
Entering the Gulf of Corryvreckan, Isle of Jura

After an interesting journey from Craighouse with a few stops on the way we reached our destination for the afternoon, the Gulf of Corryvreckan. Jura on the left, Scarba on the right, the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool somewhere ahead. So far it all looks quite calm, but interesting sights lay ahead…