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 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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  • Stopped here as planned en route to Lochinver. What a fabulous, atmospheric place with the ruins of Ardvreck Castle to explore and photograph. Our Springer Spaniel loved the boggy ground and getting c...  more »
  • A very quiet, but fascinating. The landscape is typical of scozzse loch, surrounded by aveek mountains and colorful details with green vegetation. the road along the loch is little traffic and with lovely views
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  • It is easy to see beautiful sites along the road to the North, landscapes, fishermen on their boats or the ruins of Ardvreck castle
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  • Lovely stunning views across the water hills and land
  • Lovely Loch in the middle of dramatic scenery. Worth pulling over for a few minutes to take it all in. Also, a lot of low level flying is done here so you might find an F-15 or similar zooming overhead
  • Splendid, without showers.
  • Outstanding scenery
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