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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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  • Beautiful and easily accessible Loch Ardvreck castle to see to imagine life at that time in this region.
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  • The drive along the shore of Loch Assynt is absolutely beautiful and takes on differing atmosphere depending on the prevailing weather conditions. There are various places where one can stop and enjoy...  more »
  • We drove past it after visiting ardvreck castle. A beautiful Loch with lovely picture opportunities.  more »