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Loch
Loch
Lomond (/ˈlɒx ˈloʊmənd/; Scottish Gaelic: Loch
Loch
Laomainn) is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault. It is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area.[2] The loch contains many islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest fresh-water island in the British Isles.[3] Loch
Loch
Lomond is a popular leisure destination and is featured in the song "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch
Loch
Lomond". The Loch
Loch
is now part of the Loch
Loch
Lomond and The Trossachs
Trossachs
National Park which was established in 2002. There are also two (United Kingdom) National Nature Reserves within the National Park: Loch
Loch
Lomond National Nature Reserve and The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve. The former is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and the latter by a partnership of the Forestry Commission Scotland, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Woodland Trust
Woodland Trust
(Scotland). Loch
Loch
Lomond is a corruption of the Gaelic Lac Leaman, or 'Lake of the Elms'.[4]

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Islands

2 Leisure activities

2.1 Boating and watersports

3 Air crash 4 In popular culture

4.1 The song 4.2 Other

5 See also 6 References and footnotes 7 External links

Geography[edit]

Shown within Loch
Loch
Lomond and The Trossachs
Trossachs
National Park

Loch
Loch
Lomond is a freshwater loch lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. It is 24 miles (39 km) long and between 3⁄4 and 5 miles (1.2–8.0 km) wide. It has an average depth of about 121 feet (37 m), and a maximum depth of about 620 feet (190 m). Its surface area is 27 sq mi (70 km2), and it has a volume of 0.62 cu mi (2.6 km3). Of all the lochs and lakes in Great Britain, it is the largest by surface area and the second largest (after Loch
Loch
Ness) by water volume.[5] Within the United Kingdom, it is surpassed only by Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh
and Lough Erne in Northern Ireland[6] and regarding the British Isles
British Isles
as a whole, there are also several larger loughs in the Republic of Ireland. Traditionally a boundary between Stirlingshire
Stirlingshire
and Dunbartonshire, Loch
Loch
Lomond is currently split between the council areas of Stirling, Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
and West Dunbartonshire. Its southern shores are about 14 miles (23 km) north of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Loch
Loch
Lomond is now part of Loch
Loch
Lomond and the Trossachs
Trossachs
National Park. Ben Lomond
Ben Lomond
is on the eastern shore: 3,195 feet (974 m) in height and the most southerly of the Scottish Munro
Munro
peaks. A 2005 poll of Radio Times
Radio Times
readers voted Loch
Loch
Lomond as the sixth greatest natural wonder in Britain.[7] The main arterial route along the loch is the A82 road
A82 road
which runs the length of its western shore. For a long time, this was a notorious bottleneck, with the route clogged with tourists during the summer months. It was upgraded in the 1980s and 1990s, although the stretch north of Tarbet remains unimproved. Notable buildings along the shore include Cameron House. Islands[edit] See also: List of freshwater islands in Scotland
List of freshwater islands in Scotland
§  Loch
Loch
Lomond

From the summit of the island of Inchcailloch
Inchcailloch
to Torrinch, Creinch, Inchmurrin
Inchmurrin
and Ben Bowie

The loch contains thirty or more other islands,[8][Note 1] depending on the water level. Several of them are large by the standards of British bodies of freshwater. Inchmurrin, for example, is the largest island in a body of freshwater in the British Isles.[3] As in Loch Tay, several of the islands appear to be crannogs, artificial islands built in prehistoric periods. English travel writer, H.V. Morton wrote:

What a large part of Loch
Loch
Lomond's beauty is due to its islands, those beautiful green tangled islands, that lie like jewels upon its surface.[14]

One of the loch's islands, Inchconnachan, is home to a colony of wallabies.[15] Leisure activities[edit] Loch
Loch
Lomond Golf Club is situated on the south-western shore. It has hosted many international events including the Scottish Open. Another golf club, "The Carrick" has opened on the banks of the Loch
Loch
adjacent to the Loch
Loch
Lomond Club.[16] The West Highland Way
West Highland Way
runs along the eastern bank of the loch. West Loch
Loch
Lomond Cycle Path runs from Arrochar and Tarbet railway station, at the upper end of the loch, to Balloch railway station, at the south end. The 17-mile-long (28 km) long cycle path runs along the west bank. At the south end of the loch near Balloch is a large visitor and shopping complex named Loch
Loch
Lomond Shores. This was the venue for the Great Scottish Swim in 2013. Boating and watersports[edit] Loch
Loch
Lomond is one of Scotland's premier boating and watersports venues and the scenery draws people from all over Scotland
Scotland
and beyond. The loch is open to every kind of watercraft including kayaks, canoes, windsurfers, jet skis, speedboats and cruisers and they are all very well represented. Loch
Loch
Lomond Rescue Boat provides 24-hour safety cover on the loch. The Rescue Boat is a Volunteer Organisation and a Registered Charity. The National Park Authority also have other boats on the Loch
Loch
such as The Brigadier. Police Scotland
Police Scotland
also operates on the Loch
Loch
using RIBs and Jet Skis and work in conjunction with the National Park Authority.

Maid of the Loch
Loch
at Balloch pier

The National Park Authority has tried to achieve a balance between land-based tourists and loch users, with environmentally sensitive areas subject to a strictly enforced 10 km/h (5.4 kn; 6.2 mph) speed limit, but the rest of the loch open to speeds of up to 90 km/h (49 kn; 56 mph). Other leisure activities on the loch include cruises from the town of Balloch, operated by Sweeney's Cruises.[17] The Maid of the Loch
Loch
was the last paddle steamer built in Britain. Built on the Clyde in 1953, she operated on Loch
Loch
Lomond for 29 years. She is now being restored at Balloch pier by the Loch
Loch
Lomond Steamship Company, a charitable organisation, supported by West Dunbartonshire Council.[18] Guided canoeing and canoe hire is available through some small companies such as SD Adventures[19]

Air crash[edit]

Map of the loch c. 1800

On 22 April 1940, a BOAC Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra
Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra
( Loch
Loch
Invar, registration G-AFKD) aircraft flying from Perth Airport to Heston Aerodrome in London crashed at Loch
Loch
Lomond, killing all five passengers and crew.[20] In popular culture[edit]

Loch
Loch
Lomond from just below Beinn Dubh and Creag an t-Seilich

The song[edit] Main article: The Bonnie Banks o' Loch
Loch
Lomond The loch is featured in a well-known song which was first published around 1841.[21] The chorus is:

Oh, ye'll tak the high road, and I'll tak the low road, And I'll be in Scotland
Scotland
afore ye; But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch
Loch
Lomond.

The song has been recorded by many performers over the years, including jazz singer Maxine Sullivan, the Mudmen
Mudmen
and Scottish-Canadian punk band the Real McKenzies.[citation needed] The original author is unknown. One story is that the song was written by a Scottish soldier who awaited death in enemy captivity; in his final letter home, he wrote this song, portraying his home and how much he would miss it. Another tale is that during the Jacobite rising of 1745 a soldier on his way back to Scotland
Scotland
during the 1745–46 retreat from England wrote this song. The "low road" may be a reference to the Celtic belief that if someone died away from his homeland, then the fairies would provide a route of this name for his soul to return home.[22] Within this theory, it is possible that the soldier awaiting death may have been writing either to a friend who was allowed to live and return home, or to a lover back in Scotland. Other[edit]

Loch
Loch
Lomond, looking west from Ben Lomond

Loch
Loch
Lomond (like Loch
Loch
Ness) is often used as a shorthand for all things Scottish, an image partly reinforced by the eponymous song. An archetype is the Lerner and Loewe musical Brigadoon. The opening lyrics of the song "Almost Like Being in Love" are: "Maybe the sun gave me the power/For I could swim Loch
Loch
Lomond and be home in half an hour/Maybe the air gave me the drive/For I'm all aglow and alive!" It is mentioned in the song "You're All the World to Me" from the musical film Royal Wedding
Royal Wedding
in the line: "You're Loch
Loch
Lomond when autumn is the painter!" The village of Luss
Luss
("Glendarroch") on the shores of the loch was the location for the TV soap Take the High Road, and the loch itself was given the fictional name Loch
Loch
Darroch for the purpose of the series. Luss
Luss
("Lios") and the islands nearby were used as the setting for E. J. Oxenham's first book, Goblin Island, published in 1907.[23] Loch
Loch
Lomond is also the brand name of the Scotch whisky
Scotch whisky
drunk by Captain Haddock in Hergé's comic book series The Adventures of Tintin. A non-fictional whisky by the same name is produced at the Loch
Loch
Lomond distillery. Loch
Loch
Lomond is the opening track on guitarist Steve Hackett's 2011 album Beyond the Shrouded Horizon. In The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges
episode "Pardon My Scotch" a gentleman asks 'Are you laddies by any chance from Loch
Loch
Lomond?', whereupon Curly replies 'No we're from lock jaw'. One of the road signs in the Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
short "My Bunny Lies over the Sea" points to Loch
Loch
Lomond. Spike Milligan
Spike Milligan
created an episode of The Goon Show entitled The Treasure of Loch
Loch
Lomond. The main character, Neddie Seagoon, discovers he has Scottish heritage and travels to Scotland
Scotland
to claim a fortune owned by his uncle, who discovered a galleon full of treasure at the bottom of the loch. In the Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
film Spaceballs, the character "Snotty" delivers the line "Lock one... lock two... lock three... Loch
Loch
Lomond..." while locking transporters onto "President Skroob". In Santa Cruz County, California, United States lies Loch
Loch
Lomond, a small body of water named after Loch
Loch
Lomond in Scotland. Near Loch Lomond, California is Ben Lomond
Ben Lomond
which was named by Scot John Burns in 1851. Loch
Loch
Lomond features as the backdrop for a song sequence in the 1998 Bollywood
Bollywood
film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.[24][25]

See also[edit]

List of freshwater islands in Scotland List of lochs in Scotland Inverarnan Canal
Inverarnan Canal
– a short waterway that once allowed Loch
Loch
Lomond steamers to reach Inverarnan. Loch
Loch
Lomond Youth Soccer Festival

References and footnotes[edit]

Notes

^ Some of the islets in Loch
Loch
Lomond may only appear when the water levels are low[9][10] and although many sources provide a figure of up to sixty islands[11] this may derive from a poetic 9th century description. Other sources suggest a total of 30 or 38 islands.[12][13]

Citations

^ https://davidrmitchell.photoshelter.com/gallery/Loch-Lomond-iced-over/G0000bY.qnV3sZc4/ ^ Peter Matthews, ed. (1994). The Guinness Book of Records 1995. Guinness World Records Limited. p. 17. ISBN 0-85112-736-3.  ^ a b Worsley, Harry (1988). Loch
Loch
Lomond: The Loch, the Lairds and the Legends. Glasgow: Lindsay Publications. ISBN 978-1-898169-34-5.  ^ Richens, R. J. (1984) Elm, Cambridge University Press. ^ "Scotland’s Water Environment Review 2000–2006"[dead link] SEPA. Retrieved 11 October 2008. ^ Whitaker's Almanack (1991) London. J. Whitaker and Sons. p. 127. ^ "Caves win 'natural wonder' vote" BBC.co.uk Retrieved 10 December 2006. ^ " Loch
Loch
Lomond Islands – Inchmurrin". Loch
Loch
Lomond.net. Archived from the original on 1 August 2003. Retrieved 23 August 2007.  ^ " Loch
Loch
Lomond Islands" Archived 18 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine. loch-lomond.me.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2010. ^ "Introduction to Loch
Loch
Lomond Islands". Loch
Loch
Lomond, Callander and Trossachs. Archived from the original on 18 June 2002. Retrieved 25 September 2008.  ^ For example, " Loch
Loch
lomond" Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. goxplore.net Retrieved 29 April 2010. ^ "The Loch" Loch
Loch
Lomond.net. Retrieved 23 January 2010. ^ "The islands on Loch
Loch
Lomond " Archived 13 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. visit-lochlomond.com. Retrieved 28 April 2010. ^ Morton, H. V. In Scotland
Scotland
Again (1933), Methuen London – p145 ^ Scottish Daily Record, 06/06/2009 Colony of Wallabies set for cull ^ "The Carrick Archived 20 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Visit Scotland. Retrieved 10 October 2008. ^ "Cruise Loch
Loch
Lomond". Scotland
Scotland
on TV. Archived from the original (video) on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2008.  ^ "Maid of the Loch". Loch
Loch
Lomond Steamship Company. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008.  ^ S D ADVENTURES- Winter skills, Navigation, Climbing, Canoeing, – Home ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 January 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-05.  ^ James J. Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular and Folk, p. 336. ^ Fraser, Amy Stewart (1977). In Memory Long. Routledge. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7100-8586-3. Retrieved 10 October 2008.  ^ Elsie J. Oxenham, Goblin Island, Collins (1907), p. 58. ^ "Wealth of fans to locate". The Scotsman. 28 September 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2015.  ^ "Ticket tout fears over Bollywood
Bollywood
star". The Scotsman. 8 August 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Loch
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Lomond.

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Loch
Lomond.

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Islands of Loch
Loch
Lomond, Scotland

Aber Inch Bucinch Ceardach Clairinsh Creagan Dubha Creinch Eilean Deargannan Eilean na h-Aon Chraoibhe Ellanderroch Fraoch Eilean Inchcailloch Inchconnachan Inchcruin Inchfad Inchgalbraith Island I Vow Inchlonaig Inchmoan Inchmurrin Inchtavannach Inveruglas Isle Keppinch Stot Isle Ross Isles Tarbet Isle Torrinch Wallace's Isle

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National scenic areas in Scotland

Aberdeenshire

Deeside and Lochnagar

Argyll and Bute

Jura Ben Nevis and Glen Coe (part) Knapdale Kyles of Bute Loch
Loch
Lomond (part) Loch
Loch
na Keal Lynn of Lorn Scarba, Lunga and the Garvellachs

Dumfries and Galloway

East Stewartry Coast Fleet Valley Nith Estuary

Highland

Assynt-Coigach Ben Nevis and Glen Coe (part) Cairngorms
Cairngorms
(part) Cuillin
Cuillin
Hills Dornoch Firth Glen Affric Glen Strathfarrar Kintail Knoydart Kyle of Tongue Loch
Loch
Shiel Morar, Moidart
Moidart
and Ardnamurchan North West Sutherland Small Isles Trotternish Wester Ross

Moray

Cairngorms
Cairngorms
(part)

Na h-Eileanan Siar

South Lewis, Harris and North Uist South Uist
South Uist
Machair St Kilda

North Ayrshire

North Arran

Orkney

Hoy and West Mainland

Perth and Kinross

Ben Nevis and Glen Coe (part) Loch
Loch
Rannoch and Glen Lyon (part) Loch
Loch
Tummel River Earn River Tay

Scottish Borders

Eildon and Leaderfoot Upper Tweeddale

Shetland

Shetland

Stirling

Loch
Loch
Lomond (part) Loch
Loch
Rannoch and Glen Lyon (part) The Trossachs

West Dunbartonshire

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