loch Maree is a magnificent loch epitomizes the rugged scenic grandeur of the West coast. 12 miles long and 3 miles wide the loch is ensConced between the towering form of Ben Slioch (3 217ft-980m) to the north and a shoulder of Beinn Eighe. At its widest part the loch is studded with isles and it was on the Isle Maree that St Maelrubha set up his cell in the 7C. The isle became a popular place of pilgrimage and Loch Ewe was rechristened Maree. a Corruption of Maelrubha. In the 17C the well forested lochside slopes were the site of iron smelting.
Loch Maree is famous for its sea-trout fishing courses with instruction in angling being held there during the autumn. There are many small wooded islands on the loch the one named Isle Maree contains the ruins of a chapel said to be the hermitage of St Maelrubha who came to Applecross in the mid 17th century.
If your looking for wonderful scenery with beautiful accommodation and hospitality the Loch Maree offers this to the visitor with kinlochewe at the head of the Loch providing village accommodation. Maree Loch is situated in the Ross & Cromarty region, is 12.5 miles long and 2.25 miles wide and is overlooked on all sides by beautiful mountains. On the south side is Beinn Eigh the first national reserve in Britain so stay in the area and check out Loch Maree Holiday Accommodation.
On the north is a region of mountains and loch of exceptional grandeur, including Slioch at some 3,217 ft.
- Loch Maree Goelocation Latitude 57.710462 Longitude -5.530647
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Loch Maree is in Wester Ross was the site of iron-smelting activities about three centuries ago. Much of the ore came from neighbouring bogs, though eventually it was imported from other parts of Britain.
There are still traces of these old furnaces in the area. Some of the employees were English and near by there is a spot known as Cladh nan Sassunach, the burial ground of the English.
The metal produced in the locality was used for swords and armour, for which, with the many clan feuds in progress at the time, there was a big demand. In 1877 Queen Victoria came to marvel she left a stone with a Gaelic inscription commemorating her visit.
On this island are the graves of a Danish princess and her lover still marked by ancient crosses. The Benne Eighe National Nature Reserve lies near the south-eastern end of this mile long loch.
On the east side of the Ioch at Letterfearn there is In old iron-works local timber was used for charcoal and the ore was shipped in from Cumberland through Poolewe.