Loch Trool

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Loch Trool
Glen Trool.jpg
Location Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Coordinates 55°05′17″N 4°29′29″W / 55.08806°N 4.49139°W / 55.08806; -4.49139Coordinates: 55°05′17″N 4°29′29″W / 55.08806°N 4.49139°W / 55.08806; -4.49139
Type freshwater loch
Primary inflows Pulnabrick, Buchan, Gairland, Glenhead, Pulharrow Burns.
Primary outflows Water of Trool
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)[1]
Max. width 0.25 mi (0.40 km)[1]
Surface area 55.6 ha (137 acres)[2]
Average depth 7.5 ft (2.3 m)[1]
Max. depth 55 ft (17 m)[1]
Water volume 116,000,000 cu ft (3,300,000 m3)[1]
Shore length1 6.7 km (4.2 mi)[2]
Surface elevation 75 m (246 ft)[2]
Islands 1[2]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Loch Trool is a narrow, freshwater loch in Galloway, in the Southern Uplands in south-west Scotland. It lies in an elevated position in Glen Trool in the Galloway Forest Park and is approximately 8 mi (13 km) north of the town of Newton Stewart.[1] The loch is the source of the Water of Trool which flows to the Water of Minnoch and the River Cree. The loch and its surroundings are considered an area of natural beauty and there is a scenic footpath around its perimeter.[3]

In April 1307 Robert the Bruce fought and won the Battle of Glen Trool on the shores of the loch. On its north side stands Bruce's Stone which commemorates the victory.

Loch Trool is also reported to be the darkest place in the UK at night[citation needed].


The loch was surveyed[1] in 1903 by James Murray and later charted [4] as part of Sir John Murray's Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909, Lochs of the Cree Basin". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Loch Trool". British lakes. British Lakes. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Loch Trool loop". Forestry Commission Scotland. Forestry Commission Scotland. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Loch Dornal; Kirriereoch Loch; Loch Trool (Vol. 5, Plate 42) - Bathymetrical Survey, 1897-1909 - National Library of Scotland". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 13 September 2015.