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    Default Garry, Loch

    Loch Garry, (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Garadh), is 25 km north of Fort William, Lochaber, Scotland, and is 11 km long and 50 m deep. It is fed by waters from Loch Quoich 10km upstream on the River Garry, and drains into Loch Oich in the Great Glen just 5km downstream. Loch Garry is much photographed from the A87 for its romantic setting and also because a quirk of perspective makes it appear like a map of Scotland.

    Both lochs have been dammed for hydro-electric, the dam on Loch Quoich being the largest rockfill dam in Scotland at 320m long and 38m high. Water is fed by tunnel to the two power stations each producing 20MW, and the scheme was completed in 1962.

    The Glen used to be home of the Clan MacDonnell of Glengarry, but since the Highland Clearances the population has been reduced to a handful of estates. The main activities are deerstalking and forestry, with little tourism apart from munro-baggers seeking some spectacularly remote mountains at the head of the glen. The lonely road along the north side of Loch Garry continues past Loch Quoich to Kinlochhourn from where a footpath continues to Knoydart.

    There is also a small Loch Garry near the Pass of Drumochter in the upper reaches of the Tay Basin. The River Garry leaving this loch flows down another Glen Garry through Killiecrankie to join the River Tummel near Pitlochry

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    Mar 2009
    Blairgowrie, east Perthshire

    Default More on Loch Garry

    Loch Garry runs east-west and the high ground to the south means itís more sheltered from a SW wind than the lochs in the Great Glen. The western end is shallow and weedy and has the feel of a wide river more than a loch, with a noticeable current under the estate bridge at Torr na Carraidh. The westernmost access point is a grassy/marshy slope at 188022; beyond here the minor road to Tomdoun climbs away from the loch. East of the bridge a number of laybys on both the minor road and the main A87 provide access, but the banks tend to be steep and rocky. Near the eastern end of the loch a small promontory some 600m NW of the dam has a commodious layby and small beaches for easy landing.
    The south shore has no public vehicle access and is generally rocky, forested and inhospitable, except near the houses at Torr na Carridh and Greenfield. A group of small forested islands near the eastern end also have rocky/bouldery shores.
    A crannog has been reported at 205015 in Greenfield Bay. There is a church and ancient circular graveyard in Munerigie at Cill Donnain, 266028.
    The large salmon farm based at Ardochy is a member of Freedom Food (though the salmon are still kept in cages ...).

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