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Looking to visit the best lakes in the Highlands? 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 Highlands’s top lakes below as recommended by the komoot community, and experience more on your next adventure!

The top 20 lakes in the Highlands

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    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 …

    Tip by
    Brian
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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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    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 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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    Loch An Eilein

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    Loch An Eilein is set in Rothiemurchus, a beautiful Highland estate that is home to amazing scenery and wildlife. Amid this landscape, expect to see roe deer and red squirrels, …

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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.

    Tip by
    Andrew
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    Loch Linnhe

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Loch Linnhe is a large sea loch along the Great Glen Fault. It measures 30 miles (50 km) long and 1 mile (2 km) wide. The loch is a haven …

    Tip by
    Amy
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    Loch Gamhna

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    At the southern end of Loch An Eilein lies Loch Gamhna. Centuries ago, this loch was used as an access route by cattle raiders. Local farmers would often tie a …

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    Loch Langaig

    Hiking Highlight

    You can sit at the edge either at the start or ending of the tour.

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    Arno
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    Loch Einich

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Worth the distance, the wet feet and usually the headwind to visit this remote location.

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    Along Loch Loyal

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    A freshwater loch nestled amongst the dramatic northern Highlands, Loch Loyal is a beautiful spot. At its deepest, the loch drops to about 200 feet (61 meters). Surrounded by Beinn …

    Tip by
    Amy
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    12

    Loch Achaidh na h-Inich

    Hiking Highlight

    Do not be fooled by the paved road. This ends at the bottom of the lake and a beautiful hiking trail begins. Before that, make a stop at the lake, …

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    Ajna
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    13

    Lochan Coire Lagan

    Hiking Highlight

    When you're up here, do not be content with just walking around the little hole. From the rocks northwest of the hole you have a beautiful view.

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    Tip by
    Markus
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    Lochan na h-Earba

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Lovely sandy beach at the head of the loch

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    Loch an Athain

    Hiking Highlight

    Beautiful Loch with Bla Bheinn in sight. In autumn you might be luckily enough to spot some deer and hear the impressive roaring that keeps you awake when wild camping.

    Tip by
    Carola K.
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    Views of the Triple Buttress from the shores of Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair are simply awesome! A great spot for a picnic if out walking in the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

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    Loch Shiel - Scottish highlands

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Stunning Highland Loch. The pictures don’t lie. The cycle path follows the Loch shoreline and is a good dirt road. You can travel from Glenfinnan Viaduct all the way to …

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    18

    Loch Lochy

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The amusingly-named Loch Lochy is a lovely expanse of water in Lochaber. The area was not always as peaceful as it is today. In 1544, the Battle of the Shirts …

    Tip by
    Amy
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    Loch Laggan

    Hiking Highlight

    Loch Laggan stretches for 7 miles (11 km) below the slopes of the formidable Creag Meagaidh. Its eastern tip nudges into the Cairngorms National Park.

    The scenery around the loch …

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    Loch Gynack

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    A beautiful trail running along the north side of the lake, with beautiful views.

    The Loch is flanked by Creag Bheag to the south and Creag Mhor to the north.

    Tip by
    Barney

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