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Issue 97 - The Silent Loch

Scotland Magazine Issue 97
February 2018

 

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The Silent Loch

Keith Fergus views Loch Tay from Killin

The name 'Tay' is thought to derive from the Brythonic word 'tausa', which translates as ‘silent’, and it is certainly an appropriate name for this peaceful body of water. Loch Tay is 14.5-mile (23km) in length and is bounded by the villages of Killin, on its western shore, and Kenmore, to the east, with huge mountains, such as Ben Lawers, rising high above it.

However, the finest vantage point from which to view Loch Tay is perhaps from the 521m (1709 feet) summit of Sron a’ Chlachain, above Killin. Its name translates from Gaelic as ‘Nose Shaped Hill of the Village’. A good, but steep, path leads to the top and from there an exceptional view extends along a good portion of the Silent Loch. It is a magnificent outlook that’s surrounded by some of Perthshire’s most muscular mountains. The Munro of Ben Vorlich rises to the south while the view west takes in the deep defile of Glen Lochay and much of the old county of Breadalbane.

Beneath sits Killin, where the River Dochart and River Lochay flow in to Loch Tay. During the 18th Century the Dochart and Lochay rivers provided the power for a small linen industry, with flax grown and spun locally in small mills. Today, the village is a popular tourist spot and a great base for the many outdoor activities that take place on and around the water.

 

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