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Knoydart and Sound of Sleat Archive

On this page you can view the images captured by the Knoydart and Sound of Sleat webcam 17 hours a day over the past 30 days.

Briefly, use the table of times and dates below to choose the point of interest. Press the play button under the image to play a time-lapse sequence of images from the current time until the end of the selected day.

The second of two webcams near Armadale at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This webcam looks north east from the college across the Sound of Sleat to "Britain's last wilderness", the Knoydart peninsula. Knoydart is accessible only on foot or by sea. There are regular sailings by Bruce Watt Cruises from Mallaig to Inverie, the sole village on Knoydart. In addition to being home to approximately 100 people, Inverie boasts The Old Forge, the remotest pub on mainland Britain.

Step back button Play button Part play button Stop button Step forward button   Toggle captions button Latest image button

A picture is taken every 15 minutes between the hours of 05:00 and 22:00 UK local time (5am to 10pm). Outside of these hours there is nothing to see but blackness. Not just any blackness, but that special West Coast of Scotland blackness that, devoid of light pollution, is so black that light literally falls in to it. Click on the tables of times and dates to the left to jump directly to a hour. Please remember that you can only view pictures for today up to the current time!

Use the video recorder style buttons Forward button forward and Back button rewind buttons under the picture to step through the selected day 15 minutes at a time. Alternatively press the Play button play button to play a time-lapse sequence from morning until night.

The Last Thirty Days

The pictures below have been taken at 13:00 (1pm UK local time) on each of the past thirty days. Click on a picture to display a larger version of it above.

Thursday 29-Oct
Friday 30-Oct
Saturday 31-Oct
Sunday 01-Nov
Monday 02-Nov

Tuesday 03-Nov
Wednesday 04-Nov
Thursday 05-Nov
Friday 06-Nov
Saturday 07-Nov

Sunday 08-Nov
Monday 09-Nov
Tuesday 10-Nov
Wednesday 11-Nov
Thursday 12-Nov

Friday 13-Nov
Saturday 14-Nov
Sunday 15-Nov
Monday 16-Nov
Tuesday 17-Nov

Wednesday 18-Nov
Thursday 19-Nov
Friday 20-Nov
Saturday 21-Nov
Sunday 22-Nov

Monday 23-Nov
Tuesday 24-Nov
Wednesday 25-Nov
Thursday 26-Nov
Friday 27-Nov

More Information

This webcam is located on the Àrainn Chalum Chille campus of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College, approximately 3km (2 miles) north east of the Armadale ferry terminal.

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Satellite image showing the location of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College and approximate field of view of this webcam. Original image copyright 2006 MDA Earthsat
Satellite image showing the location of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College and approximate field of view of this webcam. Original image copyright 2006 MDA Earthsat

Click here to view a zoomable map of the area covered by the webcam courtesy of Multimap.

The Sound of Sleat used to be the main thoroughfare for coastal shipping to and from the Highland and Islands. Today commercial shipping has largely been displaced by pleasure and leisure craft, including the luxurious Hebridean Princess cruise ship (the former CalMac ferry MV "Columba").

These waters were used extensively by the Royal Navy for training during World War II and were protected at each end by an anti-submarine barriers controlled from a nearby requisitioned hunting lodge, now the Duisdale Country House Hotel. Today the barriers may be gone but Royal Navy surface vessels can still be seen on this webcam as they traverse the Sound on their way to the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) to the north west of the Skye Bridge. The submarines are much harder to spot, especially when submerged!


Thank you to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College for providing the infrastructure and view. A special thank you to Caoimhín and Dòmhnall for their assistance and enthusiasm.

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