George Orwell nearly drowned in the Corryvreckan Whirlpool in the summer of 1947. To work on his novel 1984, Orwell fled London in April 1947 and taken up temporary residence on the isolated island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. Was he after whisky? Or a friend of the Campbells? We shall never know for sure.
In Scottish mythology the hag goddess of winter, Cailleach Bheur, uses the gulf to wash her great plaid and this ushers in the turn of the seasons from autumn to winter. When she is finished with the washing, the cloth is pure white and becomes the blanket of snow that covers the land. Cailleach (old woman or “hag” in modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic) comes from the Old Gaelic. Another legend surrounds Norse King Breacan. In various stories, Breacan moored his boat near the whirlpool to impress a local princess, or alternatively to flee from his father across the gulf. In both stories Breacan was swept into the whirlpool and his body dragged ashore later by his dog. Breacan may be named after the whirlpool, or its current name may be a Gaelic pun on his name.
Here is a short but good video link of a boat trip we did with guests. We can do this for any number of people but 10 is, both for the size of boat and cost share. We also offer whole day trips from Oban. https://www.facebook.com/mcleanscotland/videos/1584773091830636