Loch Muick

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Loch Muick
Loch Muick from northeast shore.jpg
from the eastern shore, looking west
Location Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Coordinates 56°56′N 3°10′W / 56.93°N 3.16°W / 56.93; -3.16Coordinates: 56°56′N 3°10′W / 56.93°N 3.16°W / 56.93; -3.16
Type freshwater loch
Primary inflows Allt an Dubh loch
Primary outflows River Muick
Basin countries United Kingdom
Max. length 2 mi (3.2 km)

Loch Muick is a 2-mile long freshwater loch in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is fed from the west by the Allt an dubh Loch, which flows down from Dubh Loch. The outflow is the source of the River Muick. A hiking path around the loch exists and is accessible from a carpark at Spittal of Glen Muick, at the northeastern end of the loch. Many old beech trees can be found around the edge of the loch - remnants of a beech forest that once covered the area.

A wide variety of bird and animal life can be found around the Loch including red squirrel, red deer and oyster catchers.

The Loch sits within the boundary of the Balmoral estate and the royal bothy Glas-allt Shiel which was built by Queen Victoria sits on its banks. The house sits in a small pine plantation and can be accessed via the footpath that runs around the Loch's perimeter.

Glas Allt Shiel
Allt Darrarie, flowing down to the River Muick just below Loch Muick, by the carpark at the start of the walk around the loch