Loch Ericht (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Eireachd) is a freshwater loch on the border between Perth and Kinross and the Highlands Council areas of Scotland.[1] [2] It has a north-east to south-west orientation. The village of Dalwhinnie lies at the north east end of the loch.[3] Loch Ericht is the tenth largest freshwater lake in Scotland and has a good reputation for its trout fishing and Ferox trout. [4]

Loch Ericht
Loch Ericht.jpg
View from Beinn Bheòil
Loch Ericht is located in Badenoch and Strathspey
Loch Ericht
Loch Ericht
Locationgrid reference NN542722
Coordinates56°51′N 4°21′W / 56.850°N 4.350°W / 56.850; -4.350Coordinates: 56°51′N 4°21′W / 56.850°N 4.350°W / 56.850; -4.350
Typefreshwater loch
Max. length23.33 km (14.50 mi)[1]
Max. width0.8 km (0.50 mi)[1]
Surface area2,238.5 ha (5,531 acres)[2]
Average depth189 ft (58 m)[1]
Max. depth512 ft (156 m)[1]
Shore length160 km (37 mi) [2]
Surface elevation356 m (1,168 ft)[2]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The loch is part of a hydro-electric scheme and is dammed at both ends. Water flows into the northern end via the Cuaich Aqueduct. The southern end is linked to a hydro-electric power station at Loch Rannoch by the 4-mile (6.4 km) long River Ericht. The northern dam protects the village of Dalwhinnie from flooding.

Loch Ericht is surrounded by a number of Munros, including Ben Alder (1148 metres) and Geal-Chàrn (1132 metres).[5] Traditional hunting areas border the loch. These are called forests; the chief of which is Ben Alder Forest.


Loch Ericht is covered by

  • Ordnance Survey Explorer map 393 (1:25000) Ben Alder, Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan (ISBN 9780319239186) and
  • Ordnance Survey Landranger map 42 (1:50000) Glen Garry and Loch Rannoch (ISBN 9780319231296).


  1. ^ a b c d e John, Murray; Lawrence, Pullar (1910). Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909 Lochs of the Tay Basin Volume II - Loch Ericht. National Library of Scotland: National Challenger Officer. p. 54. Retrieved 3 June 2018.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c d "Loch Ericht". British Lakes. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  3. ^ Loch Ericht, Gazetteer of Scotland
  4. ^ Fishing Loch Ericht, Welcome to Scotland
  5. ^ Heights of Ben Alder and Geal Charn, Mountain Days Archived 25 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine