Loch Achnacloich

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The Shore of Loch Achnacloich

Loch Achnacloich is a very shallow loch located about two and a half miles north of Alness in Ross-shire, in the east of the county.

The Burn of Achnacloich flows into the loch at its western end, and emerges at its eastern end as the Inchindown Burn, which (after another name change as the Kinrive Burn) flows into the Balnagown River

Loch Achnacloich is remarkable for the beauty of the sequestered and richly wooded glen in which is it situated.[1] The loch sits in a shallow valley in the same orientation as the loch. Both the north and south are heavily wooded with the highest peak, more a hill, being Cnoc Corr Guinie at 1,300 feet in the north, overlooking the loch.

Special Area of Conservation

Loch Achnacloich is a Special Area of Conservation. It is considered a good example of a loch with a diverse growth of aquatic plants, particularly on its southern and western sides. Many of the species found in Loch Achnacloich are more commonly associated with more southern parts of Britain. The loch supports six pondweed Potamogeton species as well as the nationally scarce least water-lily Nuphar pumila. The loch itself is considered to have a high biological productivity.[2]



  1. Lewis, Samuel: 'A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland' (S. Lewis and Co., 1849)
  2. Loch Achnacloich: Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Loch Achnacloich: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research