Loch Tay-Central Scottish Highlands

Hey, friends. Today we are heading into the Scottish Highlands to beautiful Loch Tay. Trust me, you are going to want your camera!

Snow covered hills reflected in still water.

Loch Tay lies in a scenic valley that stretches between the villages of Killin (in Stirling) and Kenmore (in Perthshire) in the central Scottish Highlands. The loch is around fifteen miles long and 508 feet deep, making it one of the deepest bodies of water in the country.

Snow capped hills around Loch Tay.

It was thrilling to see the loch in March before the winter snow had completely melted. It was gorgeous!

Snow covered hills around Loch Tay.
Snow covered hills and green grass reflected in water.

Today Loch Tay is a popular destination for those who enjoy sailing and other water-sports, but a whopping 2,500 years ago, it was home to ancient settlers of Scotland. These earliest people inhabited artificially constructed islands called crannogs. According to Visit Scotland, “There are eighteen crannogs on Loch Tay. Most are now submerged, but a large crannog near the northern shore at Kenmore can be clearly seen. This was the ancient burial place of Queen Sybilla, wife of Alexander, King of Scots.”

The Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore is a unique opportunity to see a reconstruction of this most interesting and ancient Iron Age dwelling. The center offers a museum exhibit containing original artifacts, hands-on demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies, and hosts a variety of guest artists, musicians, and skilled artisans.

The Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay.
Scottish crannog reconstruction.

What do you think? Loch Tay is pretty, isn’t it? Definitely worth the trip.

Have a great week. See you again soon!



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