- Loch Rannoch Latitude: 56.697672 Longitude: -4.228255
Loch Rannoch is a loch in Perthshire around 20 miles west of Pitlochry.
The loch stretches 10 miles from Kinloch Rannoch to Bridge of Gaur in the west and has a recorded depth of 440 ft.
Loch Rannoch lies on the traditional main route north to the west coast of Scotland, known famously as the Road to the Isles. However, major road construction in the 19th century has by passed it leaving the area unspoiled and unchanged.
The village of Kinloch Rannoch is a good place from which to start exploring the Clan Trail.
A series of interesting story boards have been placed at accessible points around the loch shore that tell the fascinating tales of clans prominent in the district before the 19th and 20th centuries.
There is also a Crannog a artificial island near the far west of the loch which was used in the 18th century as a base for outlawed members of the MacGregor Clan.
The total loop of this is about 30 miles so it's a day out as opposed to half a day, the road circuit around the loch is perfect for cycling as it’s completely flat and relatively traffic free with sandy beaches on the north shore being an ideal place to rest or picnic with breathtaking views of the area.
The village of Rannoch is situated at the eastern end of Loch Rannoch it has a local store, hotel, and a convenience store and a local private bus service connecting Rannoch to Pitlochry.
Leaving the village from the south you will cross a stone bridge over the river turn right along the south Loch Rannoch road with an acient caledonian forest linning the edge of the loch and road
The landscape at the Kinloch Rannoch end of the loch is much more open and rugged highland atmosphere at the headwaters of Loch Rannoch the water flows down from the Rannoch floor bringing you close to the watershed of Scotland, the historic Druim Alba.
The Black Wood of ' Rannoch is one of ' the !argest areas of ancient pine forest left in Scotland and is a truly magical place, a Special Area of Conservation, some of the trees are thought to be over 400 years old and the wildlife includes deer, pine martens and red squirrels.
Beyond the pines of ' the Black Wood the landscape begins to open out with good views of some big hills, Meall Buidhe and Stuchd an Lochain, standing like sentinels on either side of Loch an Damph.
Beyond lies the Great Wall of ' Rannoch, the Munro tops of ' Beinn a ' Chreachain and Beinn Achaladair, the road rises slightly near the west end of the loch then drops as you ride through Finnart and Bridge of Gaur to meet the B846 that runs west to Rannoch Station, being the most remote station in the UK, take your bikes over the bridge along the road from the station to Loch Rannoch with all around excellent views from the station and one of a steam train crossing the raised bridge just on the north side.
The area is open to the elements, Pick a good weather day for this ride though because it is quite exposed in many places you could get caught in quite a few hefty showers.
From here it's easy going downhill to the loch. Keep an eye open for the famous winking frog on your left, as you cycle east the conical summit of ' Schiehallion, one of Scotland's great mountains, appears just over the broad ridge of Creag Mhor.
As you cycle along the final couple of miles you will pass a holiday timeshare village, the Loch Rannoch Highland Club it is a complex of 85 properties in the picturesque village of Kinloch Rannoch, in Perthshire the apartments and Lodges can accomodate between 2 and 8 guests,the properties are available to rent or buy, and a few are available for resale, at very competitive prices.
The Highland Club is on the banks of Loch Rannoch, a beautiful loch surrounded by walks and scenic locations. The wild Rannoch Moor stretches to the west, and the Tay Forest Park lies along its southern shore presided over by the majestic Schiehallion, or Sidh Chailleann in Gaelic (Fairy Hill of the Caledonians) the Club is also a dog friendly resort and welcome responsible owners and their dogs.
The surrounding Rannoch area also offers excellent walking, from woodland paths in Rannoch Forest and quiet loch side rambles to the dramatic wild peaks and cross country routes of the Great Moor of Rannoch.
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