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A clear, freshwater loch in the Highlands of Perthshire

Loch Tay

Loch Tay is surrounded by hills and mountains, and a number of pretty villages are scattered close to its banks. At 15 miles long and more than 500ft deep, it’s the deepest loch in Perthshire.

Loch Tay is popular with fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. In the summer months, you can even sunbathe or take a dip in the water. The countryside surrounding the loch is some of Perthshire’s most beautiful. It’s the perfect place to take a long walk in the hills or jump on a bike and follow one of the trails which meander around the loch. Loch Tay has a fascinating history. During the Iron Age, ancient settlers lived on artificial islands on the loch called crannogs, one of which can still be seen, half-submerged in the water.

At the western end of Loch Tay, you’ll find the rushing white waters of the Falls of Dochart. You can watch the spray rising into the sky as the rapids thunder under a bridge in the middle of Killin. The village of Killin has a selection of shops and pretty cottages, as well as a popular golf club. At the eastern edge of Loch Tay is Kenmore, a beautiful village with a number of historic buildings.

View towards the harbour of Kenmore

Ben Lawers, the highest mountain in the southern Scottish Highlands, looms above Loch Tay at its north end. The mountain is part of a national nature reserve which is home to rare species, including wildcat, ring ouzels and red grouse. The nature reserve is one of the best habitats for alpine plants in the whole of the UK, and is an excellent place to explore by foot.

In the towns and villages near Loch Tay, there are a variety of excellent restaurants and pubs where you can eat good, locally sourced food in picturesque surroundings. For a bite to eat in a traditional Scottish café, try The Old Smiddy . It dates back to the 1800s and serves a selection of homemade cakes and light meals. For modern Scottish dishes, plenty of ales and whiskies and a roaring fire, book a table at the Courie Inn , located near the banks of the loch.

“Loch Tay is surrounded by hills and mountains, and a number of pretty villages are scattered close to its banks.”

Loch Tay is a wonderful place to get out on the water, whether you’re fishing for trout or just pottering around, enjoying the scenery. Loch Tay Fish 'n' Trips rents out boats and provides fishing trips for those hoping to land the catch of the day.

While you’re there

Killin Golf Club

Skirting the banks of Loch Tay, the nine-hole Killin Golf Club is a scenic spot for a leisurely afternoon game

Mains of Taymouth Golf Club

Enjoy views across Loch Tay from the manicured fairways of Mains of Taymouth Golf Club

Tay Forest Park

Enjoy forest walks and riding trails through the scenic Tay Forest Park

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