We all know the myths about the famous Loch Ness: the gorgeous freshwater lake in Scotland that holds a terrifying monster lurking within. And while many may travel a long way to try and catch a glimpse of the wild beast, they often fail to realize that Scotland is home to many more breathtaking water views. Sure, they may not be cursed with legendary tales, but we promise you that the beauty of the Scottish lakes will be the perfect stop on your next adventure when you travel to Europe.

Loch Arklet, Stirling Area

Full of gorgeous views and wildlife, Loch Arklet is the perfect travel destination for all nature lovers. One of the smaller Scottish lakes found between Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond, Lake Arklet is known for its large trout population and is home to creatures such as wild goats and osprey. A part of Great Trossachs Path hugs the northern shoreline, and it makes for a lovely walk. When you travel here, there is also a scenic walk along the river from Loch Arklet to Loch Lomond.

Loch Arklet Scotland

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Loch Trool, Dumfries and Galloway

Southwest Scotland’s Loch Trool, in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park, is a freshwater lake measuring approximately 1.5 miles long. Also standing tall over the loch is the highest peak in southern Scotland, the Merrick. Its major attraction is the 5.5-mile walk along the lake’s perimeter, offering peaceful and breath taking views for travel and nature lovers. The hike is quite strenuous, however, and recommended for those who are more experienced. You’ll be rewarded with a travel experience brimming with untamed scenery.

Loch Trool Scotland

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Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute

Measuring 25 miles long, making it the longest freshwater lake in Scotland, Loch Awe is location 3 miles west of Dalmally within the Scottish Highlands. The lake is also home to Kilchurn Castle, dating back to the 15th century. The castle is open each summer for travel lovers and is easily accessible by a short boat ride.

Loch Awe Scotland

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Loch Ken, Dumfries and Calloway

A freshwater lake in the beautiful region of Dumfries and Galloway with lots of wildlife watching opportunities when you travel here, by kayak or on foot. The area is also a part of the Red Kite Trail, so there are lots of chance to see these mighty birds. It is also the perfect Scottish lake for sailing and water skiing.

Loch Ken Scotland

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Loch Shiel, Lochaber

Loch Shiel, located in  Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, offers travel lovers a diverse nature view ranging from its mountain regions to bogs and pastures in the southwest. Loch Shiel is also a major attraction for Harry Potter fans as it is home to the series’ Black Lake. If you’re looking to fulfill your Hogwarts dreams, Loch Shiel is the place to go. When you travel here, look out for Golden and White-Tailed Eagles, Divers, Red Deer and other rare wildlife.

Loch Shiel Scotland

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Loch Morar, Lochaber

If we haven’t convinced you quite yet, and you’re still in search of a legendary lake monster, Loch Morar may be the perfect fit. Rumored to be the home of Morag, a mysterious mermaid or grim reaper, with sightings dating back to the late 1800s. Give Nessie a break and take a chance on good ol’ Morag. Loch Morar, a quite popular Scottish lake, is located in the North West Highlands and you only have to travel four miles from the village of Mallaig to get there. With a depth of 310m, it the deepest body of freshwater in Britain and the third deepest in Europe.

Loch Morar Scotland

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