Standing open water

Within the Cairngorms National Park, standing open water includes water bodies from a few metres across to the largest lochs. There are relatively few large lochs, although 10 are amongst the largest 200 by volume of all Scottish lochs.

Open Water Statistics
Loch Muick is the largest loch – 4 km long, 0.8 km wide and 78 m at its deepest. It holds 49% (in area) of all the standing water in the Spey and Dee catchments.

A small lochan on the Braeriach plateau is considered the highest water body in Scotland, at about 1215 m above sea level.

Loch Etchachan stands at about 900 m.


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