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The Lake of Menteith
Lake of Menteith's Dimensions:1.5 miles long and 1 mile wide
Road Access for Lake of Menteith:Via the A81 between Aberfoyle and Thornhill
Lake of Menteith is situated on the Carse of Stirling. It is quite unusual to find a "lake" in Scotland because most bodies of water are called "loch". Until the 19th century it was known as the "Loch of Menteith". No explanation is provided why the Loch became a lake, although there are many theories!
There are a number of small islands on the Lake of Menteith. The largest one is Inchmahome with an ancient monestary from 1547 on it. Sir Earl of Menteith, Walter Comyn, founded the Inchmahome Priory in 1238 which attracted Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scot to visit the place. You can travel by ferry from the Port of Menteith to the island. To the West of the lake lies Flanders Moss which is one of the largest remaining bogs in Scotland.
The Lake of Menteith is also a popular fishing destination and at Port of Menteith you can rent boats for this purpose. The Lake is one of the finest places for rainbow and brown trout fishing in Scotland. Only fly fishing from boat is permitted. In the winter, the Lake of Menteith opens its doors to pike fishing for a few days. The lake is well stocked with fish and attracts ospreys in search of a meal.
When the lake freezes the so called “Bonspiel” or Grand Match takes place. This is the only outdoor curling tournament in Scotland.
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