Lakes are called lochs in Scotland. Here are eight of my favourite lochs in Scotland.
Loch Faskally in Pitlochry, Perthshire was formed during the construction of the hydro electric power station in the Tummel Valley. It’s at its best when the trees around the banks start to turn to their autumnal colours.
Autumn colours refected in Loch Faskally, Pitlochry
The Loch of Spiggie on the Shetland Islands is a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Reserve for wild fowl. The best times for bird watchers to visit are during Autumn and Winter, when there are usually large flocks of swans, ducks and geese.
Loch Speggie on the Shetland Islands
We stayed at the Boat Shed at the Ardanaiseig Hotel, which was right on the shore at Loch Awe.
Dusk over Loch Awe from the balcony of the Boat Shed at the Ardanaiseig Hotel
Although we’ve been to Loch Ness several times, we’ve never spotted the Monster. But you can see a scultpure of Nessie plus baby in Fort Augustus, where the Caledonian Canal connects with Loch Ness.
Loch Ness Monster & baby sculpture in Fort Augustus
We visited Loch Long when we were on a short break in Helensburgh on the Clyde coast. We drove to the Rosneath Peninsula, which has Loch Long on its western coast and Gare Loch on the eastern coast.
Me on the eastern shore of Loch Long
This was the view from our picnic bench at Loch Fleet on a day trip north from Inverness to Dornoch, Lairg and Bonar Bridge.
Loch Fleet in the Scottish Highlands
The loch below is immortalised in the Loch Lomond song, which describes the “bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond”.
Loch Shin is the largest loch in Sutherland. The loch’s 30 meters higher than it used to be, after the construction of the Lairg Dam in the 1950s.
Loch Shin the in the Scottish Highlands
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tour of eight scenic lochs in Scotland.