- Loch Tay
lake_name = Loch Tay
image_lake = Loch Tay at Kenmore.jpg
caption_lake = at Kenmore (in spring)
coords = coord|56|30|56|N|4|08|46|W|region:GB_type:waterbody|display=inline,title
type = freshwater
inflow = Dochart, Lochay
basin_countries = United Kingdom
length = 14 mi (23 km)
area = convert|10.19|sqmi|abbr=on
max-depth = 150 m
Loch Tay (
Scottish Gaelic, "Loch Tatha") is a freshwater lochin the central highlands of Scotland, in the district of Perthshire.
It is a long narrow loch of around 14 miles (23 km) long, and typically around 1 to 1 1/2 miles wide, following the line of the valley from the south west to north east. It is the sixth largest loch in Scotland by area and over 150 m deep at its deepest.
Ben Lawerson its north shore is at 1214 m the 10th highest mountain in the British Isles, and is the highest peak in a group of seven munros. Killinat the head of the loch, and Kenmore at the outflow of the River Tay, are the main settlements on the lochside today. The smaller settlements of Acharn, Ardeonaigand Ardtalnaigare located on the south side of the loch whilst Fearnanand Lawers are on the north side. The loch is fed by the rivers Dochartand Lochay at its head and numerous smaller streams.
In ancient times (in the
Iron Age) people lived on defensible, man-made islands on the loch, called Crannogs. More than 20 submerged crannogs have been identified in the loch. An example has now been reconstructed on the south side of the loch at the "Scottish Crannog Centre".
The loch is a popular spot for salmon fishing.
The loch, and many of its surroundings, feature in the traditional Scottish '
Loch Tay Boat Song' ( Scottish Gaelic, "Iorram Loch Tatha"). Loch Tay railway stationwas on the Killin Railway. It is now closed.
* [http://www.crannog.co.uk/ The Scottish Crannog Centre]
* [http://incallander.co.uk//lochtay.htm some facts about Loch Tay and its history]
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