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Loch Assynt, Lairg
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Loch Assynt is a freshwater loch in Sutherland, Scotland, 8 km ENE of Lochinver.Situated in a spectacular setting between the heights of Canisp, Quinag and Beinn Uidhe, it receives the outflow from Lochs Awe, Maol a' Choire, and Leitir Easaich. It discharges into the sea at Loch Inver, via the river Inver. The general trend of the loch is west-north-west and east-south-east, while the western end bends sharply at Loch Assynt lodge to the south-west.The loch is 9.65km miles long, and about 1.5km in maximum breadth. The total area is approximately 800ha and its drainage basin is over 111km2. The total volume of water contained in the loch is estimated at 247231697m3 and the maximum depth is 86m.There is excellent fishing for trout, sea-trout, and salmon. Ardvreck Castle, once held by the MacLeods and Mackenzies, occupies a promontory on the north shore, west of Inchnadamph.The elevation of the loch's surface above sea level varies with the levels of rainfall but has been measured as 65.55m.The Mermaid of AssyntWhispered amongst the locals of Inchnadamph, the area surrounding the castle, legend tells of MacLeod's lost daughter, Eimhir, and her continued presence at Loch Assynt. Instead of jumping to her death, they believe Eimhir plunged into the caverns of the Loch and, hiding from the devil to whom she was promised, made a new home beneath the water's surface, becoming the elusive 'mermaid of Assynt'.
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  • A beautiful loch with varied landscapes, located along the great road of the Western Ross
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  • in this region it's a loch, big enough and several stops on the banks to watch spledides typical landscapes
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  • Love the little 'islands' in it, which makes it so unique. Sadly, couldn't get any decent pics, as it was bouncing down with rain when I visited ! Would love to return on a sunny day - if we get one.