Loch Muick

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Loch Muick
Allt an Dearg[1]
Loch Muick from northeast shore.jpg
Lock Muick from the eastern shore, looking west
Location Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Coordinates 56°55′59″N 3°10′13″W / 56.93306°N 3.17028°W / 56.93306; -3.17028Coordinates: 56°55′59″N 3°10′13″W / 56.93306°N 3.17028°W / 56.93306; -3.17028[1]
Type freshwater loch
Primary inflows Allt an Dubh loch[2]
Primary outflows River Muick
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 2.25 mi (3.62 km)[2]
Max. width 0.33 mi (0.53 km)[2]
Surface area 218.5 ha (540 acres)[1]
Average depth 116 ft (35 m)[2]
Max. depth 256 ft (78 m)[2]
Water volume 2,771,000,000 cu ft (78,500,000 m3)
Shore length1 8.5 km (5.3 mi)[1]
Surface elevation 398 m (1,306 ft)[1]
Islands 0[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Loch Muick (/ˈmɪk/;[3]Gaelic: Allt an Dearg) is an upland, freshwater loch lying approximately 5 mi (8.0 km) south of Braemar, Scotland at the head of Glen Muick and within the boundary of the Balmoral estate. It trends in a southwest and northeast direction and is approximately 2.25 mi (3.62 km) in length. It is surrounded on both sides by steep hills. The loch is fed by many small streams, the largest being Allt an dubh Loch in the west which flows down from Dubh Loch. The outflow is the source of the River Muick.[2][4]The name of loch, glen and river is pronounced "Mick".[3]


The loch was surveyed[2] on 8 July 1905 by T.N. Johnston and L.W. Collet and later charted [5] as part of the Sir John Murray's Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.

Flora and fauna[edit]

A wide variety of bird and animal life can be found in and around the loch including red squirrel, red deer, oyster catchers, salmon and trout. [6] Many old beech trees can be found around the edge of the loch, they are the remnants of a beech forest that once covered the area.


The loch is popular with walkers as it is picturesque, has a fairly flat path around its perimeter and is accessible by road. The bothy, Glas-allt Shiel, that was originally built for Queen Victoria in 1862 is now maintained by Dundee University Rucksack Club. [7] [8]

Fishing on the loch is restricted and not available to the public. The Ballater Angling Association has permission from the Balmoral Estate to fish and it maintains a boathouse and slip at the north end of the loch.[6]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Lock Muick". British lakes. British Lakes. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909, Lochs of the Dee (Aberdeen) Basin". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Moray - Pronunciation". Rootsweb at ancestry.com. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Muick, Loch". Gazetteer of Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Loch Muick (Vol. 5, Plate 53) - Bathymetrical Survey, 1897-1909 - National Library of Scotland". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Loch Muick". Ballater Angling Association. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Loch Muick Circuit". Walk Highlands. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Club bothy". Dundee University Rucksack Club. Retrieved 2 January 2015.