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.

Whispered 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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  • While there are a lot of places in Assynt with astounding views, Loch Assynt also features an old ruined castle (built by Clan Macleod) and a ruined house next to it build by their rivals. Across the ...  more »
  • We reached the beautiful Lake Assynt by crossing the A894 from Scourie to Gairloch. . Thanks to a beautiful sunny and warm day, we spent almost an hour admiring a group of deer grazing along the shore near the ruins of Ardveck Castle. Recommended if you are in the area.
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  • Stunning location and ruined castle. Great place for the kids to explore
  • A reasonably large Loch fairly good for fishing and as it is serounded with mountains a 20mph wind can produce uncomfortable conditions. This Loch is not recommended for swimming as it has a mean temperature of 4c
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