|Location||Isle of Skye, Highlands, Scotland|
|Primary inflows||Coruisk River, Allt a' Choire Riabhaich|
|Primary outflows||Scavaig River|
|Basin countries||United Kingdom|
The loch is accessible by boat from Elgol, or on foot from Sligachan (approximately 7–8 miles distance). It is also possible to walk from Elgol, but one section of the path (“the Bad Step”) presents some potential difficulties for the nervous or inexperienced.
The northern end of the loch is ringed by the Black Cuillin, often wreathed in cloud. From the southern end the Scavaig River, only a few hundred yards long, discharges into a sea loch, Loch Scavaig. The loch is nearly two miles long, but only about 400 yards wide.
- “Rarely human eye has known
- A scene so stern as that dread lake,
- With its dark ledge of barren stone...”
Lord Tennyson reported more prosaically:
- “Loch Coruisk, said to be the wildest scene in the Highlands, I failed in seeing. After a fatiguing expedition over the roughest ground on a wet day we arrived at the banks of the loch, and made acquaintance with the extremest tiptoes of the hills, all else being thick wool-white fog.”
Mark Haddon used the remote location of the loch for a portal in the 1992 children's novel Gridzbi Spudvetch!, re-issued in 2009 as Boom!. A description of the path from Elgol (including a traverse of The Bad Step) is included in the narrative, as is the Memorial Hut.
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- Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 449. ISBN 9780340165973.
- The Lord of the Isles (1815)
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Impressions of Scotland (1848)
- Haddon, Mark (1994). Gridzbi Spudvetch!. Walker Books Ltd. pp. 110–130. ISBN 0-7445-3172-1.
- Haddon, Mark (2009). Boom!. David Fickling Books. pp. 110–130. ISBN 0-385-61629-5.
- Macfarlane, Robert (2007) The Wild Places. Granta Publications, pp. 43-62. ISBN 978-1-86207-941-0