Location of the Falls
The Falls of Lora are situated at the entrance of Loch Etive at Connel, by Oban, Argyll, Scotland. They are directly under Connel bridge, which carries the A828 from it’s junction with the A85 at Connel, towards Appin, Ballachulish and Fort William.
The National Grid reference is NM 911 345 OS 1:50,000 Landranger map number
Lat / Long 56 Degrees 27 minutes 23 seconds North 5 Degrees 23 minutes 30 seconds West
You can reach the falls by road, on the A85 from Tyndrum or Oban and the A828 from Fort William
There is a train station at Connel Bridge on the line from Glasgow to Oban
Viewing the Falls
The falls are best viewed from the lay-by on A85 the south west side of the falls, from the bridge itself and from the shore on the northern side.
There is an unofficial parking area (actually the old road) on the northern side of the bridge off the A828, where kayakers usually park. There is also a viewpoint parking area west of the bridge on the A85 in front of the Oyster Inn.
Parking for Kayakers of all varieties
There are a couple of parking spots suitable for launching from:
- The viewpoint car park in front of the Oyster Inn on the A85, GR 909 343 on the South side of the Falls, is handy for the pub and easy to launch from. This is the best parking and launching site if you are in a sea kayak.
- Use the old road alongside the A828 at the northern end of the bridge GR 911 346. It can be a struggle through the muddy woods to the water but it’s a shorter paddle in a playboat and better for access to the bridge for viewing the falls.