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Your guide to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Loch Katrine is the eleventh largest loch in Scotland.

The surface is 390 ft above sea level, this after the level was raised 6 ft by a dam to allow water to flow unassisted to a reservoir at Milngavie. The loch is owned by Scottish Water and is the main water supply for the city of Glasgow.

The length of the centreline of the Z shaped loch is just over 8 miles. The shoreline is about 22 miles in length and the surface has an area of 5½ square miles. The maximum depth is about 320ft and the average depth about 150ft.

The principal islands on the loch are :at the west end - Rubha nam Mult (originally a headland before raising of water level) , Black Island, Eilean Dharag at the east end - Eilean Molach (Ellen's Isle) Am Priosan (not quite an island) and Otter Island. There are several other very small, un-named islands.

Fly and boat fishing for trout is permitted, mainly at the west end with boats rented at the Stronachlachar pier tearoom.

Settlements / farms on the northern shore Brenchoile lodge, Letter farm (G: Leitir ), Edra farm (G: Eatarra "between them"), Strone farm (G: An t-Sròn "the nose"), Coilachra farm , Portnellan (G: Port an Eilein "port of the island") and Glengyle farm (G: Gleann Goill "glen of a lowlander").

Settlements / farms on the south shore: The Dhu farm(G: An Dubh "the black"), Stronachlachar, Culligart farm and Glasahoile farm.

It is not possible to drive all the way round the loch as the road/track from Stronachlachar stops at Glasahoile. Walking the south side is not recommended as the way from Glasahoile farm to Bealach nam Bo is obstructed by a rocky outcrop which goes right to the lochside, forcing a climb to greater altitude than planned to avoid this obstacle. Several parties have needed rescue after being caught by nightfall due to the extra time needed for the divertion.

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