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Looking to visit the best lakes in Scotland? After all, there’s nothing better than the serenity of the lakeshore — or a quick dip when the weather’s warm. So, browse our list of Scotland’s top lakes below as recommended by the komoot community, and experience more on your next adventure!

The top 20 lakes in Scotland

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    1

    Loch Morlich

    Hiking Highlight

    Loch Morlich (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Mhùrlaig) is a freshwater loch in the Badenoch and Strathspey area of Highland, Scotland near Aviemore. The loch is home to a watersports center with …

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    Brian
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    According to legend, Robert the Bruce and his army threw their weapons into this small hole. This included Robert Bruce's long sword and according to legend, it is still here …

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    3

    Craigallian Loch

    Hiking Highlight

    On the path beside Craigallian Lock is a commemorative plaque regarding the Craigallian Fire, which was a legendary place which spawned a number of climbing communities in the area, and …

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    Barney
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    Glen Muick

    Hiking Highlight

    Glen Muick is part of the Balmoral Estate, Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family. You can discover lots of great walking routes in the area, plus see a variety …

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    Loch an Eilein Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Loch an Eilein Castle stands on a natural island just off the north-west shore of Loch an Eilein, deep in the Rothiemurchus Forest. The castle was built in the 13th …

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    Loch Lomond

    Hiking Highlight

    Loch Lomond is a vast and extremely beautiful freshwater lake nestled amid a landscape of snow-tipped mountains. The lake crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the …

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    An Lochan Uaine

    Hiking Highlight

    Legend has it that An Lochan Ulaine (which means the Green Loch) is green because pixies used to wash their clothes in it. Whether you see a pixie or not, …

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    Banks of Loch Lomond

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    Loch Lomond 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. The loch contains …

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    Brian
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    Loch Morlich wild swim spot

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Perfect for beginners due to its shallow water by the sandy shore, Loch Morlich is a beautiful place to come for a dip in the summer.

    Enjoy your time here, …

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    10

    Tayport Harbour

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Tayport Harbour is located on the east coast of Scotland, Fife, at the mouth of the river Tay. On the south side of the River Tay opposite Broughty Ferry Castle, …

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    Brian
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    Wall of Talla - Challenging Road Climb

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    20% climb from Talla Linnfoots, you’ll see why it’s called the Wall of Talla.

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    Loch Katrine

    Hiking Highlight

    The name Loch Katrine comes from the Gaelic for Highland robber; the most famous of which was born on the loch’s northern shores, folkloric hero Rob Roy MacGregor. These days, …

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    Loganlea Reservoir

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Completed in 1851, Loganlea Reservoir is dammed by a wall standing 59 feet (18 m) high, and can hold 118 million imperial gallons of water. Today it's a popular fishing …

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    Loch Mallachie

    Hiking Highlight

    This is such a tranquil spot, away from the road. Worth stopping for a few minutes and enjoying the view across the Loch.

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    Carron Valley Reservoir

    Road Cycling Highlight

    I’ve had punctures at worse spots.

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    16

    Loch a Choire

    Hiking Highlight

    It's a lovely place to redt, after you've been on some peaks around there. Very easy to reach.

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    Peter
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    17

    Loch Skeen

    Hiking Highlight

    The Gray Mare's Tail leads to Loch Skeen. Very boggy up here. Waterproof shoes advantageous. Unfortunately there is no direct way around this lake.

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    Loch Lubnaig - The Trossachs

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Beautiful ride on NCN (National Cycle Network) 7. Lots of Asphalt, a little bit of gravel, but no problem. Stunning Scottish Highland scenery. You can stop for a coffee too. …

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    Loch Gamhna

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    At the southern end of Loch an Eilein is the linking waters to Loch Gamhna. Centuries ago, this loch was used as an access route by cattle raiders. Local farmers …

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    Loch fyne

    Hiking Highlight

    Loch Fyne; meaning Loch of the Vine or Wine, is a sea loch off the Firth of Clyde and forms part of the coast of the Cowal peninsula. Located on …

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    Brian

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