Loch Tay at Kenmore in spring
|Primary inflows||Dochart, Lochay|
|Catchment area||232 sq mi (600 km2)|
|Basin countries||United Kingdom|
|Max. length||14.55 mi (23.42 km)|
|Max. width||0.7 mi (1.1 km)|
|Surface area||10.19 sq mi (26.4 km2)|
|Average depth||60.66 m (199.0 ft)|
|Max. depth||154.8 m (508 ft)|
|Settlements||Killin, Kenmore, Lawers|
It is a long narrow loch of around 14.55 mi (23.42 km) long, and typically around 1 to 1½ miles wide, following the line of the valley from the south west to north east. It is the sixth largest loch in Scotland by area and over 150 m (490 ft) deep at its deepest.
Killin at the head of the loch, and Kenmore at the outflow of the River Tay, are the main settlements on the lochside today. The smaller settlements of Acharn, Ardeonaig and Ardtalnaig are located on the south side of the loch whilst Fearnan and Lawers are on the north side. The loch is fed by the rivers Dochart and Lochay at its head and numerous smaller streams.
The loch is a popular spot for salmon fishing.
In ancient times (in the Iron Age) people lived on defensible, man-made islands on the loch, called crannogs. More than 20 submerged crannogs have been identified in the loch. An example has now been reconstructed on the south side of the loch at the Scottish Crannog Centre.
- Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909, National Library of Scotland, 1909
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- Killin.info community website, guides, photos, media, news.
- YouTube.com video of Killin area featuring Loch Tay.
- The Scottish Crannog Centre
- some facts about Loch Tay and its history
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