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Dubh Loch
Dubh Loch
Location Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Coordinates 56°55′46″N 3°15′12″W / 56.92944°N 3.25333°W / 56.92944; -3.25333Coordinates: 56°55′46″N 3°15′12″W / 56.92944°N 3.25333°W / 56.92944; -3.25333
Type freshwater loch
Primary outflows Allt an Dubh-loch
Basin countries Scotland
Surface area 19.9 ha (49 acres)
Shore length1 2.3 km (1.4 mi)
Surface elevation 637 m (2,090 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Dubh Loch is a small upland loch situated within the Balmoral Estate, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is at an altitude of 637 metres (2,090 ft), with a perimeter of 2.3 kilometres (1.4 mi), and its outflow, Allt an Dubh-loch, empties into Loch Muick approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the southeast near the royal lodge Glas-allt-Shiel. To the southeast of the loch is the Munro Broad Cairn and to the northwest the ground slopes steeply up to Càrn a' Coire Boidheach and Lochnagar. To the west is Cairn Bannoch and over a high col to the southwest lies Loch Callater.

Creag an Dubh Loch

Central Gully, Creag an Dubh Loch. - geograph.org.uk - 35828
Creag an Dubh Loch

A wall of granite, Creag an Dubh Loch, rises steeply above the loch on the southeast shading the loch from the sun – hence the name "dark lake". Creag an Dubh Loch is about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) long and generally about 200 metres (660 ft) high – at its highest it is 270 metres (890 ft) making it the highest continuous rock face in the Cairngorms.

The loch was a favourite spot for Queen Victoria to visit from her retreat at Glas-allt-Shiel. Once her son Alfred swam out into the loch to capture and kill a wounded stag in the water.

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