Loch Morar

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Loch Morar
Loch Morar.jpg
Location Morar, Lochaber, Highland
Coordinates 56°56′30″N 5°40′21″W / 56.94167°N 5.67250°W / 56.94167; -5.67250Coordinates: 56°56′30″N 5°40′21″W / 56.94167°N 5.67250°W / 56.94167; -5.67250
Type freshwater loch, dimictic, oligotrophic
Primary inflows River Meoble
Primary outflows River Morar
Catchment area 168 km²
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 19 km (12 mi)
Surface area 26.7 km2 (10.3 sq mi)
Average depth 86.6 m
Max. depth 1,017 ft (310 m)
Water volume 2.3 km3 (0.55 cu mi)
Residence time 6.87 years
Surface elevation 10 m
Islands 5

Loch Morar (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Mhòrair) is a freshwater loch in Morar, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It is the fifth-largest loch in Scotland, with a surface area of 26.7 km2 (10.3 sq mi) and the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles; with a maximum depth of 1,017 ft (310 m) it is deeper than the height of The Shard in London.[1]

Loch Morar is of glacial origin with very steep sides and a length of 19 km (12 mi). It contains five sizeable islands.

The only road along the loch extends no more than four miles (6 km) along the north shore. Both sides of the loch were inhabited along their length as late as the early 12th century. Emigration and the introduction of sheep farming and sporting estates in place of the traditional cattle farming, led to the abandoment of all settlements on the south shore and of those on the north-east of Bracorina. Kinlochmorar, at the head of the loch, was last inhabited around 1920 and Swordland Lodge, at the midway point on the north shore and level with the deepest part of the loch, has been no more than a summer home since 1969.

In common with Loch Ness, occasional reports of large unidentified creatures in the loch's waters are made. The monster has been dubbed Morag by locals.[2]

The Ministry of Supply Department of Atomic Energy built a station at Loch Morar in 1947.[3]


  1. ^ Gazetteer for Scotland Morar, Loch
  2. ^ Campbell, Elizabeth Montgomery & David Solomon, The Search for Morag (Tom Stacey 1972) ISBN 0-85468-093-4
  3. ^ King's College London: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives AB16/498 1947 Department of Atomic Energy station at Morar, Invernesshire.

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