Loch Glascarnoch

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Loch Glascarnoch

Loch Glascarnoch is a manmade loch – a reservoir four and a half miles long amongst the mountains of Ross-shire, in the wilderness between Ullapool (Cromartyshire) and Inverness (Inverness-shire). It is dammed on its eastern end. The glen the water fills is fed by a number of burns, and the river emerging from beneath the dam is the Glascarnoch River.

North-east of the glen is the Kinlochluichart Forest, which despite its name is a range of bare hillsides, taking the old meaning of 'forest', and by that the equally Fannich Forest, shared with Cromartyshire. North of the waters is the Strathvaich Forest.

The reservoir was created in 1957 and forms part of the Conon Hydro-electric Power Scheme.[1] The A835 runs along its southern edge, and the loch is a popular stop off point for motorists.

In the summer of 2020, water levels in the reservoir receded to the extent that old croft houses and bridges that were submerged when the reservoir was flooded were revealed.[2]


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