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Loch a' Bhraoin
A lake in a narrow valley surrounded by mountains
A high level loch near a deep fjord head glen. The loch now provides the water for a scheme in the Cuileag Gorge. There were originally plans to enlarge the loch with a dam, but as this is one of the few surviving large high lochs with a natural shoreline, a smaller scale project was agreed. Slioch is in the background.
Location Scotland
Type freshwater loch
River sources Abhainn Cuileig, that is a major tributary of the River Broom.
Basin countries United Kingdom
Surface area 168 ha (420 acres)
Average depth 37 ft (11 m)
Max. depth 73 ft (22 m)
Shore length1 10 km (6.2 mi)
Surface elevation 247 m (810 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Loch a' Bhraoin, Loch Broom (Scottish Gaelic: Loch of showers or drizziling rain), is a freshwater loch, located in Wester Ross, in Ross-shire, on the west coast of Scotland.


Due to the remoteness of the loch, there are very few settlements in the area. The main A832 road that is part of the Wester Ross Coastal Trail, leaves the main A835 road, at the Falls of Measach and passes the eastern end of the loch.


Loch a' Bhraoin is an considered an excellent location for walkers. There are essentially four routes into the mountains surroundigg the Loch a' Bhraoin. The main route is from the A832 road, taking the path east to west along Destitution Road to Loch a’ Bhraoin from the East. Also travelling from Poolewe past the Fionn Loch in the NW, which is the longest route. Travelling from Incheril over the Heights of Kinlochewe and the Kinlochewe Forest in the SW, and from Corrie Hallie that directly north of the loch.


The Boat House on Loch a' Bhraoin - - 241367
The Boat House on Loch a' Bhraoin

Loch a' Bhraoin lies about 7 miles to the south of the head of Loch Broom, and is surrounded by high hills. At the west end of the loch, about 2 miles from the end of the loch is the plateau of a' Chailleach that rises to 998.52metres above sea level. The loch is orientated on a northeast to southwest direction and is over 4 km in length. The maximum breath of the loch is nearly 800metres wide.

On a north by northeast direction from a' Chailleach, the mountains have been folded extensively. Two corries overlook Loch a' Bhraoin to the north. The first of these is formed by the mountain Toman Còinnich at 935 metres, forms the corrie that contains Loch Toll an Lochain, where the direction of the corrie faces the northern end of the loch, similar to a giants seat. Further east again, is Sgurr Breac, which forms the peak of the second fold, which creates the corrie, that is intersected by a long shallow valley that descends from 600metres down to the north-east end of the loch.

On the northern end of the loch, there is several small hills, that make a shallow cliff that follows the curve of the loch. Overlooking the southwest end of the loch, is Creag Rainich at 807 metres and Meall Dubh at 748metres comprising two hills. Further up the loch, both Bristeadh á Mhill Dhubh at 556 metres and Meall an t-Sìthe at 601 metres make up the main peaks of the show curve that that follows the curve of the loch.


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