St Mary's Loch
|St Mary's Loch|
1845 engraving by William Miller after P. Paton
|Max. length||5 kilometres (3.1 mi)|
|Max. width||1 kilometre (0.62 mi)|
It is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) wide, and was created by glacial action during the last ice age. The loch is fed by the Megget Water, which flows in from the Megget Reservoir, and is the source of the Yarrow Water, which flows east from the loch to merge with the Ettrick Water above Selkirk.
It connects by a short section of river to the Loch of the Lowes, immediately to the south. Between the two, connected by an old arched bridge, is Tibbie Shiel's Inn, an 18th-century coaching inn, which was frequented by the Border poet James Hogg (1770–1835). The inn now operates as a pub and hotel.
A statue of James Hogg is located opposite the turning to the former inn.
The loch takes its name from a church dedicated to St Mary which once stood on its northern shore, although only the burial ground is now visible. The loch is around 27 metres deep at its centre. As the loch is sheltered by steep hills on all sides it is often very still, providing excellent reflections in its waters.
- "Tibbie Shiels Inn from The Gazetteer for Scotland". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
- Edinburgh and its Environs: Ward Lock Travel Guide 1939
- "St Mary's Loch Sailing Club website". stmlsc.org.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
- Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 (11th ed.). 1911. p. 31. .