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Loch Ericht
A loch deep in a valley surrounded by mountains
View from Beinn Bheòil
Type freshwater loch
Max. length 23.33 km (14.50 mi)
Max. width 0.8 km (0.50 mi)
Surface area 2,238.5 ha (5,531 acres)
Average depth 189 ft (58 m)
Max. depth 512 ft (156 m)
Shore length1 60 km (37 mi)
Surface elevation 356 m (1,168 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Loch Ericht (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Eireachd) is a freshwater loch on the border between Perth and Kinross and the Highlands Council areas of Scotland. It has a north-east to south-west orientation. The village of Dalwhinnie lies at the north east end of the loch. Loch Ericht is the tenth largest freshwater lake in Scotland and has a good reputation for its trout fishing and Ferox trout.

The loch is part of a hydro-electric scheme and is dammed at both ends. Water flows into the northern end via the Cuaich Aqueduct. The southern end is linked to a hydro-electric power station at Loch Rannoch by the 4-mile (6.4 km) long River Ericht. The northern dam protects the village of Dalwhinnie from flooding.

Loch Ericht is surrounded by a number of Munros, including Ben Alder (1148 metres) and Geal-Chàrn (1132 metres). Traditional hunting areas border the loch. These are called forests; the chief of which is Ben Alder Forest.

Mapping

Loch Ericht is covered by

  • Ordnance Survey Explorer map 393 (1:25000) Ben Alder, Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan (ISBN: 9780319239186) and
  • Ordnance Survey Landranger map 42 (1:50000) Glen Garry and Loch Rannoch (ISBN: 9780319231296).
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