Loch Oich is a freshwater loch lying within the great gash of the Great Glen in Inverness-shire. It is one of the string of long lochs along the glen, the narrowest of the three, with Loch Ness to the north-east and Loch Lochy to the south-west.
The name of the loch is from the Gaelic language, in which it is named Loch Omhaich.
Thomas Telford artificially raised the level of the loch by many feet to provide a navigable channel for the canal.
Fish and wildlife
The Loch Oich wildlife is rich with a wide variety of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Every autumn, Atlantic salmon migrate from the sea using Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Loch Ness as their spawning nests. After two years, when the fingerling are up to 9 inches long, they migrate back to the sea where they grow rapidly and weigh from 3 lb 8 oz – 2 stone 8 lbs after two years.
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about Loch Oich)
- Location map: 57°4’1"N, 4°46’59"W
- 1903 Map from the National Library of Scotland
- Loch Oich and swing bridge
|The Great Glen, Inverness-shire, west to east|