Loch of Skene

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Loch of Skene
Loch Skene
Loch of Skene
Loch of Skene in 1999
Location Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Coordinates 57°9′27″N 2°21′25″W / 57.15750°N 2.35694°W / 57.15750; -2.35694Coordinates: 57°9′27″N 2°21′25″W / 57.15750°N 2.35694°W / 57.15750; -2.35694[1]
Type freshwater artificial loch
Primary inflows Corskie Burn[2]
Primary outflows Leuchar Burn[3]
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 1 mi (1.6 km)[4]
Max. width 0.66 mi (1.06 km)[4]
Surface area 144.4 ha (357 acres)[1]
Average depth 6 ft (1.8 m)[4]
Max. depth 6 ft (1.8 m)[4]
Water volume 60,000,000 cu ft (1,700,000 m3)[4]
Shore length1 4.4 km (2.7 mi)[1]
Surface elevation 85 m (279 ft)[1]
Islands 0[1]
Designated 1 October 1986
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Loch of Skene is a large lowland, freshwater loch in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lies approximately 1 mi (1.6 km) to the west of the village of Kirkton of Skene and 9 mi (14 km) west of Aberdeen.[5]

The loch is partially man-made being dammed at its outflow on the southern shore to form a reservoir. Before 1905, water from the loch was used in the making of tweed and to turn the mill wheel at the Garlogie Mills. When the mills closed in 1905 the water was used to generate electricity.[3][6]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The loch is designated as a Special Protection Area, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Ramsar site for wildlife conservation purposes.[7][8]

The loch supports concentrations of wildfowl in autumn and winter in particular greylag geese, goldeneye ducks and pink-footed geese. Common gulls are also found on the loch.

Reedbed and a birch and willow carr fringe the loch perimeter.

Pike are found in the loch and a permit is required for fishing.[6]


The Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yachting Club is based at the loch.[9]


The loch was surveyed[4] on 17 July 1905 by T.N. Johnston and L.W. Collett and later charted [10] as part of the Sir John Murray's Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Loch of Skene". British lakes. British Lakes. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dee catchment, NE Scotland". REFRESH. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Garlogie Mill, Garlogie Dam". Canmore. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "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. 
  5. ^ Gazetteer for Scotland. "Skene, Loch of". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Domesday Reloaded". BBC. 1986. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  7. ^ JNCC. "Special Protection Area designation". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  8. ^ "Citation - Loch of Skene Site of Special Scientific Interest". Registrars of Scotland. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  9. ^ "ASYC Location". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Loch of Skene; Loch Callater; Loch of Aboyne (Vol. 5, Plate 52) - Bathymetrical Survey, 1897-1909 - National Library of Scotland". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2015.