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Ben Lawers

Loch na Lairige Reservoir, Ben Lawers and Ben Glas from the Tarmachan Ridge
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Loch na Lairige Reservoir, Ben Lawers and Ben Glas from the Tarmachan Ridge

Rising to a height of 1214m (3984 feet) to the north of Loch Tay in central Perth and Kinross, Ben Lawers is the highest peak in the southern Highlands. On its summit stands the remains of a 7m (23 feet) high cairn built in 1878 in an attempt to raise the mountain to a height in excess of 1219m (4000 feet). On a clear day it offers views west to the Atlantic and east to the North Sea. The National Trust for Scotland purchased 3452 ha (8530 acres) on the southern slopes in 1950 and a visitor centre was opened in 1972. In 1966 a further 1348 ha (3331 acres) of the Tarmachan Range to the west was acquired. In 1975 the area was designated a National Nature Reserve.


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