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What Not To Miss When Visiting Loch Tay - A Scotland Travel Blog

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

Loch Tay situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands is the largest Loch in Perthshire and one of the deepest Lochs in Scotland.

At over 508 ft deep, it's impossible to see anything in this dark stretch of water. Formed by the glaciers and the Highland Fault Line.

The loch spans 15 miles (24 km) long with residents dating back to neolithic times between 370BC and 355BC.

Landscape view of Loch Tay with the mountains on either side, cloudy skies and stone shore.
At Loch Tay ©MDHarding

What Not To Miss When Visiting Loch Tay

Getting to Loch Tay

It was a bright brisk morning with low-lying mist across the central Scotland belt but nothing was going to stop us from visiting beautiful Loch Tay, in rural Perthshire.

Famous for its reconstructed Crannog, believed to be the style of a home used by the neolithic settlers. It is a sight to be seen! Today we were taking our first trip with Loch Tay Safaris.

The drive from Edinburgh to Loch Tay can be taken three ways. We ended up on one of the most scenic. Driving the single-track road via Auchnacloich and passing Loch Freuchie. It took over two hours with steep inclines and tight turns. (This road is not suitable for wide and heavy vehicles).

The rolling green hills of Perthshire.
One of Perthshire's Most Rural Road's ©MDHarding

Loch Tay Safaris

The Eagle has landed at Loch Tay! The state of the art covered RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) - named Iolaire (Gaelic for Eagle) is the perfect way to see the dramatic landscape, hear the incredible tales from the superb skippers, such as those of the Kelpies and see the dark depths of one of Scotland's deepest lochs via the visual display monitor.

Inside the boat, looking out over the loch.
Inside Lolaire - On Loch Tay ©MDHarding

This has to be one of my favourite times of year in Scotland with the array of autumnal colours on display. It was still a little early but change is in the wind and what better vantage point than to see them from on-board Lolaire in the middle of Loch Tay.

Views of the American Forest from the loch.
American Forest ©MDHarding