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Scotland is blessed with nature’s beauty. Its mesmerizing lakes not only add to the scenic beauty but are also popular attractions among visitors and locals for fishing, hiking, water sports or simply relaxing in the beauty of nature. Lakes in Scotland carry a rich history with them, and great tales of Gaelic legends and myths add to the magic of their landscapes. The breathtaking views of the beauty of Scottish waters make them a perfect stop. The country has nearly 30,000 lakes, each of them being unique with its lure and sparkling landscapes. These lakes are home to numerous species of plants and wildlife.

9 Best Lakes In Scotland

In this article, we have mapped out some of the best lakes in Scotland. These are the most incredible lakes you must visit before you die.

1. Loch Awe

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Loch Awe is the longest freshwater lake stretching out in Bute and Argyll landscapes with a length of twenty-five miles. The lake is surrounded by high mountains of Ben Cruachan and Ben Lui. The lake has several islands, and few of them have ancient castles on them.
Location: Lochawe Village, Argyll, 3 miles west of Dalmally within the Scottish Highlands.
Things to do: Visit Kilchum Castle in summers with a boat ride.
                           Indulge in fishing and swimming

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2. Loch Morar

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Morar Lake is the deepest freshwater lake in the British Isles. The lake has a depth of around 300 meters and is about 12 miles long. The lake is known for its sea monster, Morag which is believed to be hiding in the deep waters of it.

Location: Highlands in the British Isles
Things to do: Swimming in the clear freshwaters.
                          Visit to watch magnificent views stretching eastwards.

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3. Loch Katrine

main water supply of Glasgow

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Loch Katrine has been serving as the main water supply of Glasgow since Victorian times. Its name has been derived from a Gaelic language and means ‘cattle thief’. The atmosphere is surreal and presents breathtaking sceneries to enjoy nature at its best.

Location: By Callander, Trossachs
Things to do: Enjoy a steamboat ride from Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar
                          Indulge in hiking and picnic.
                          Camping out along its shores

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4. Loch Ness

beauty and famous Loch Ness

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Known for its alluring beauty and famous Loch Ness monster, this lake is the second deepest lake in Scotland. The lake is nearly 23 miles in length and 226 meters in depth. The tales about the monster and its regular reported sightings can be heard from the locals.

Location: Drumnadrochit, Highlands
Things to do: Get a glimpse of its monster, Nessie.
                          Walk along and admire the beauty of nature.

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5. Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, looking south from Ben Lomond

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The Lomond Lake is 39 kilometres long with the largest island, Inchmurrin. The lake is also known for being the point where two lovers parted, according to folk tales. The wild and beautiful place can be visited without travelling too far from the city.
Location: 23 kilometres North-West to Glasgow
Things to do: Indulge in water water activities
                          Visit Trossachs National park
                          Relax and connect with nature

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6. Loch Earn

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Known for its unique kind of tidal systems, Loch Earn is located in the Trossachs National park. With the lake lies the most famous sculpture of Mirror Man. The lake is also the source of the River Earn. The lake is also known as ‘Lake of Ireland’ for the love of neighbours of Scotland.

Location: Southern highlands of Scotland, in the districts of Perth and Kinross and Stirling
Things to do: Partake in water sportsn such as kayaking, waterskiing, etc.
                          Sooth your mind, body, and soul

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7. Loch Maree

 most beautiful lake

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Loch Maree is described as the most beautiful lake in the Highlands. Its water is believed to cure lunacy sacredly. The lake is believed to be home to monster muc-shelich. But the monster is claimed to be only a giant eel. There are five fascinating large wood islands situated in the loch.
Location: Kinlochewe, Highlands
Things to do: Try fishing 
                          See Isle Maree chapel dating back to the 7th century.
                          Witness exotic wildlife


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8. Loch Arklet

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Lake Arklet is a small and beautiful lake and is also a part of the public water supply. The lake can be reached by walking along the river from Loch Lomond. The lake is a perfect visit for all nature lovers.
Location: Between Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond, in Trossachs National Park
Things to do: Spot fish brown trout
                          Get a glimplse of wonderful wildlife
                          See picture perfect views of mountains

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9. Loch Trool

lake lies in southwestern Scotland is known for its scenic views

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This lake lies in southwestern Scotland is known for its scenic views. The lake is also said to be the darkest place in Scotland. The highest peak in southern Scotland is also situated close to this lake.
Location: Galloway Forest Park
Things to do: Indulge in hiking
                          Get to kno abolut the intriguing history
                          Visit Clatteringshaws Visitors Center 

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10. Loch Muick

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Loch Muick is a freshwater lake in the Balmoral Estate. The lake is famous for red deer among the other wildlife species. The circular track around the lake is famous among hikers and bikers for a rewarding experience.
Location: Braemar, Scotland
Things to do: Climb to Loachnagar, which is well worth the climb.
                          Watch Glas-Allt Shiel or the Widows Hut 

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So in case you are planning your next trip to Europe, do not forget to visit these beauties of nature. Lakes in Scotland offer a lot to learn and indulge in the depths of natural masterpieces. You will surely feel relaxed from daily life stress and will want to revisit them. So try out Scotland today with TravelTriangle.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lakes In Scotland

Is Loch Ness the deepest lake in Scotland?

No, Morar is the deepest lake in Scotland with a depth of 310 meters. Loch Ness is the second deepest lake in Scotland with a depth of 227 meters.

What is the best time to visit lakes in Scotland?

The best time to visit lakes in Scotland is late March to May and September to November.

Can we go swimming in a loch?

Swimming in unsupervised waters can be hazardous. Also, due to low temperatures, the cold water can cause severe water shocks or cramps in the body. However, there are lakes famous for swimming and other water sports.

What is the kind of weather in Scotland all year?

January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature around 5 degrees Celsius. July and August are the warmest months with an average temperature around 17 degrees Celsius.

Which is the best season for fishing in lakes?

March to July end is the best time for fishing.

Is Loch Ness tidal?

Despite being landlocked, the height of Loch Ness changes twice a day.

Can we walk around the lakes?

You can walk and trek on the trails built around the lakes.

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