The River Loc’h is a pretty little coastal river in Morbihan which rises in Plaudren, north of Vannes, and flows across the countryside to Auray where it becomes a ria (coastal inlet) known as the Auray River. This small sea has such a high degree of salinity that oysters grow on the pillars of the Pont d'Auray bridge. The river flows down into the Gulf of Morbihan between Locmariaquer to the south and the Pointe du Blair and Sept Îles to the north. This very particular ecosystem is home to exceptional flora, fauna and scenery which can be seen at its best on a boat trip along the river. That way you are sure not to miss anything ! The river meanders along past châteaux and manor houses, many of which can only be seen from the river. You will see the Pont du Bono at the confluence of the River Bono and the Auray River. This old suspension bridge was built in 1840 from plans drawn up by Gustave Eiffel. It is one of the oldest bridges of this type in France.
The Port of Saint-Goustan
After a stroll along the river, stop off at the port of Saint-Goustan where Benjamin Franklin landed in 1776 when he came to France to ask for help in the American War of Independence. From the quayside, go over the 13th century stone bridge and walk up the Rampes du Loch, built on the ruins of a castle, or along the pedestrianized Rue du Château to cobbled streets of half-timbered houses. This attractive harbourside district has plenty of art galleries, craft shops, junk shops, restaurants and cafés.