Scotland is a country with a rich cultural heritage and several stunning cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow. However, the biggest summer attraction is outdoor recreation, in particular the world famous lakes. In summer, swimming in crystal clear fresh water or a sunny walk in the surrounding mountains is nothing short of bliss. There are may lakes in Scotland, below is the list of to six Scotland Lakes which gets less crowd.
The breathtaking scenery surrounding Scotland’s lakes is a hit with international visitors and local tourists alike. Every year thousands of people flock to Loch Ness in hopes of seeing the famous monster, or Loch Lomond, the gateway to the Highlands.
In and around Scotland, there are more than 30,000 lakes with many people-free locations in the wilderness. Macklin Motors used data from social networks Instagram and TikTok to find the lakes on mainland Scotland that are visited by the least number of people. Here are some of Scotland’s “secret lakes”, depending on which locations have had the least photo tags and views on Instagram and TikTok.
Loch Ericht, Perth / Kinross
Loch Ericht, located on the border of Perth, Kinross and Highland, is the tenth largest freshwater lake in Scotland. In addition to being a mountain hiker’s paradise, the lake earns additional sustainability points as it is part of a hydroelectric circuit. You will be able to see dams at each end of its freshwater shores.
Loch Arkaig, Lohaber
There is a beautiful indigenous Caledonian pine forest on the shores of Lake Arkaig, and in fact it is one of the last surviving trees of this species. Legend connects the home of the mythical “water horse” with this lake. Bring binoculars for some wildlife watching. If you’re lucky, you might find Louis and Isla living in the Osprey Lakes.
Clatteringshaws Loch, Dumfries / Galloway
According to pictures on social media, this castle is officially the least visited castle in Scotland. He has just 771 photo tags on Instagram and less than 50 views on TikTok. It’s a great place to pack your hiking boots or even go cycling without missing out on your trip.
Loch Hossein, Rannoch Moore
Loch Hossein is quite inaccessible when traveling by car, so you’ll have to take the train to the remote Korrur train station if you want to see its isolated beauty. Small sandy beaches make it the perfect place to take out your picnic blanket and watch the clouds.
Loch Rusky, Callander
You’ve probably heard of Loch Lomond, but we doubt you have come across its lesser known, much lesser cousin, Loch Raski. It is really hidden in plain sight, right on the edge of Loch Lomond, but in reality only landscape photographers know about it.
Escape the crowds of Lomonos and head to the smaller, quieter and more peaceful Lake Loch Ruski.
Loch Assynt, Lochinver
This lake is uniquely located at the confluence of Trepet, Maol-a-Chor and Leytir-Isaich lakes on one side and the sea on the other. In addition to its striking geographic location, it is home to trout and salmon, so fishing enthusiasts should take their fishing rods with them.
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