Loch Ericht

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Loch Ericht
Loch Ericht.jpg
view from Beinn Bheòil
Location Scotland
Coordinates 56°51′N 4°21′W / 56.850°N 4.350°W / 56.850; -4.350Coordinates: 56°51′N 4°21′W / 56.850°N 4.350°W / 56.850; -4.350
Basin countries United Kingdom

Loch Ericht (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Eireachd) is a freshwater loch on the border between Perth and Kinross and the Highlands Council areas of Scotland. It is situated at a height of 351 metres above sea level and has a north-east to south-west orientation. The village of Dalwhinnie lies at the north east end of the loch. The loch is 14.5 miles (23.3 km) in length and has a surface area of approximately 7 square miles.[1] Loch Ericht is the tenth largest freshwater lake in Scotland and has a good reputation for its trout fishing.[2]

The loch is part of a hydro-electric scheme and is dammed at both ends. Water flows into the northern end via the Cuaich Aqueduct. The southern end is linked to a hydro-electric power station at Loch Rannoch by the 4-mile (6.4 km) long River Ericht. The northern dam protects the village of Dalwhinnie from flooding.

Loch Ericht is surrounded by a number of Munros, including Ben Alder (1148 metres) and Geal-Chàrn (1132 metres).[3] Traditional hunting areas border the loch. These are called forests; the chief of which is Ben Alder Forest.


Loch Ericht is covered by

Ordnance Survey Explorer map 393 (1:25000) Ben Alder, Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan (ISBN 9780319239186) and

Ordnance Survey Landranger map 42 (1:50000) Glen Garry and Loch Rannoch (ISBN 9780319231296).


  1. ^ Loch Ericht, Gazetteer of Scotland
  2. ^ Fishing Loch Ericht, Welcome to Scotland
  3. ^ Heights of Ben Alder and Geal Charn, Mountain Days