Loch Venachar

(Loch Vennachar)

Loch Venachar
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Loch Venachar

A loch lying at 82m (269 feet) above sea level in the Trossachs district of Stirling Council Area, Loch Venachar (occasionally Loch Vennachar) extends for a distance of 3½ miles (5.5 km) between Callander and Brig o' Turk. It extends to 384 ha (949 acres) and has a maximum depth of 33.8m (111 feet). The Black Water empties from Loch Achray into the western end of Loch Venachar and at its eastern end emerges the River Teith which takes the name Eas Gobhain before it merges with the River Leny at Callander. Loch Venachar serves as a compensation reservoir, as part of the scheme centred of Loch Katrine which supplies Glasgow with drinking water.

With Loch Katrine and Loch Achray, it features in the poem Lady of the Lake (1810) by Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832). On its south shore stands the mansion of Invertrossachs which was visited by Queen Victoria in 1869.

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