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Loch of Kirbister
Kirbister loch, Loch of Orphir
Loch of Kirbister
Looking roughly SW over moorland down to the loch.
Location Mainland Orkney, Scotland
Coordinates 58°57′08″N 3°5′36″W / 58.95222°N 3.09333°W / 58.95222; -3.09333Coordinates: 58°57′08″N 3°5′36″W / 58.95222°N 3.09333°W / 58.95222; -3.09333
Type freshwater loch
Primary inflows several burns
Primary outflows Mill burn at south end in to Waulkmill Bay
Catchment area 8 sq mi (21 km2)
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 1.25 mi (2.01 km)
Max. width 0.5 mi (0.80 km)
Surface area 227 acres (0.92 km2)
Average depth 4 ft (1.2 m)
Max. depth 6 ft (1.8 m)
Water volume 41,000,000 cu ft (1,200,000 m3)
Surface elevation 52 ft (16 m)
Islands Holm of Groundwater

The Loch of Kirbister is a small, shallow, somewhat triangular shaped loch on Mainland Orkney, Scotland, in the parish of Orphir. It lies 5 mi (8.0 km) south west of Kirkwall on cultivated land between two hills. There is a small (37 m (121 ft) by 19 m (62 ft)) turf covered islet known as the Groundwater of Holm just off the eastern shore of the loch. It shows traces in stone of an oval structure and small projecting pier. The loch is popular for trout fishing and the Orkney Trout Fishing Association has a hatchery at the Kirbister pumphouse on the loch edge.

Mill Burn, the southerly outflow from the loch, was used to power the 18th century Kirbister Mill.

The loch was surveyed in 1903 by T.N. Johnston and R.C. Marshall and later charted as part of Sir John Murray's The Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.

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