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APPIN, a coast district of Argyllshire, Scotland, bounded W.
by Loch Linnhe, S. by Loch Creran, E. by the districts of Benderloch
and Lorne, and N. by Loch Leven. It lies north-east to
south-west, and measures 14 m. in length by 7 m. in breadth.
The scenery of the coast is extremely beautiful, and inland the
country is rugged and mountainous. The principal hills are
the double peaks of Ben Vair (3362 ft. and 3284 ft.) and Creag
Ghorm (2372 ft.) in the north, and Fraochie (2883 ft.), Meall
Ban (2148 ft.) and Ben Mhic na Ceisich (2093 ft.) near the right
flank of Glen Creran. The chief streams are the Coe and Laroch,
flowing into Loch Leven, the Duror and Salachan flowing into
Loch Linnhe, and the lola and Creran flowing into Loch Creran.
The leading industries comprise slate and granite quarries and
lead mining. Ballachulish, Duror, Portnacroish, Appin and
Port Appin are the principal villages. Ballachulish and Port
Appin are ports of call for steamers, and the Caledonian railway
company’s branch line from Connel Ferry to Ballachulish runs
through the coast land and has stations at Creagan, Appin,
Duror, Kentallen and Ballachulish Ferry. Appin was the country
of a branch of the Stewarts.
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