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TITLE
Loch Lomond
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_914_117_P019
PLACENAME
Loch Lomond
DATE OF IMAGE
1852
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31361
KEYWORDS
lochs
islands
fault lines
geography
mountains
hills
animals
birds
tourismed
Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond covers a surface area of over 27 square metres. This makes the loch the largest inland freshwater loch in Britain. It is second to Loch Ness in terms of volume.

The loch was formed by glaciers during the last ice age and is the only major loch to cross the Highland fault line. Crossing the fault gives the loch two distinct characters, the narrow Highland north and the wide basin of the lowland south. Ben Lomond, the most southerly Munro, stands by the loch. Before Scotland was united into one country, Loch Lomond was the junction between the three kingdoms of Dalriada, Strathclyde and Pictland.

The loch is the home for many different species of wildlife including deer and capercaillie, but the most unusual animal to be found is the red-necked wallaby. A number of wallabies were brought to one of the loch's 27 islands in the 1970s as part of a plan to start a wildlife park. When the plan was abandoned, so were the wallabies and a colony has thrived there ever since.

This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)

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Loch Lomond

1770s

lochs; islands; fault lines; geography; mountains; hills; animals; birds; tourismed

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Loch Lomond covers a surface area of over 27 square metres. This makes the loch the largest inland freshwater loch in Britain. It is second to Loch Ness in terms of volume.<br /> <br /> The loch was formed by glaciers during the last ice age and is the only major loch to cross the Highland fault line. Crossing the fault gives the loch two distinct characters, the narrow Highland north and the wide basin of the lowland south. Ben Lomond, the most southerly Munro, stands by the loch. Before Scotland was united into one country, Loch Lomond was the junction between the three kingdoms of Dalriada, Strathclyde and Pictland.<br /> <br /> The loch is the home for many different species of wildlife including deer and capercaillie, but the most unusual animal to be found is the red-necked wallaby. A number of wallabies were brought to one of the loch's 27 islands in the 1970s as part of a plan to start a wildlife park. When the plan was abandoned, so were the wallabies and a colony has thrived there ever since.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)