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The best lochs in Scotland

Best lochs in Scotland

Scotland is known for its beautiful scenery and picturesque freshwater lochs, but with more than 30,000 scattered across the country, how do you decide which to visit? We’ve picked a few of our favourites to give you a bit of loch inspiration and help build your travel plans across the seasons. 

Loch Rusky – a hidden gem

Hidden away on the edge of loch Lomond and Trossacks National Park, Loch Rusky is a simply stunning freshwater loch. With fewer visitors than most, it’s tranquil atmosphere and photogenic scenery means it’s often found filled with more fishermen and photographers than tourists. 

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Loch Fyne – Scotland’s longest sea loch

Sat along Scotland’s West Coast, Loch Fyne is the longest sea loch. With the pretty town of Inverary sat at the head of the loch and boasting a number of family attractions, from the castle and jail to shops and tea rooms it’s a great day out. Known for it’s oysters, Loch Fyne is also home to basking sharks, dolphins seals and otters. 

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Loch Ken – for the adrenaline junkies

Tucked near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway the freshwaters of Loch Ken is ideal for thrill seekers, offering a range of water sports. Try your hand at sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding or if you prefer dry land then explore the loch on foot or bike via one of the legendary nature trails. Keep an eye out for the red-kite on your travels, which has re-established itself in the area. 

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Loch Ness – the one with the monster

A huge, deep stretch of water near Inverness in the highlands Loch Ness holds more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales combined and is home to the elusive Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. Possibly the most well-known loch in Scotland, in the summer months it’s a tourist hotspot. You can find out more about its history at the exhibition centre on site or try for a snap of Nessie on one of the many boat trips across the loch. 

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Loch Morlich – one for walkers

Nestled at the foot of the Cairngorms mountain range, Loch Morlich boasts one of the best spots in the country. Surrounded by thick forest, fringed by beaches and with the snow-topped peaks of the Cairngorms in the background, it’s a walker’s paradise. With great family-friendly walking routes, it’s not to be missed. 

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Loch Lomond – the big one

Probably Scotland’s second most famous loch, it’s the largest freshwater loch in the country and at 24 miles long and 5 miles wide, there’s lots to keep you busy. There’s sailing, fishing, cycling and canoeing all on offer, or if you’d rather see the sights then there’s plenty of walking trails to follow for as long as you can muster. It’s the perfect day out for all the family.  

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