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Cliff, Loch of

A substantial loch in the N of the island of Unst, the Loch of Cliff lies 2 miles (3 km) west of Haroldswick and represents the longest freshwater loch in Shetland. It has a surface area of 104 ha (256 acres) and a volume of 3.34 million cu. m (118 million cu. feet), but is relatively shallow, with a maximum depth of only 6.4m (21 feet). It receives the Burn of Baliasta from the south and the Burn of Sulerdale from the east, together with numerous lesser streams. Its outflow is to the north, into Burra Firth, via the Burn of Burrafirth. The loch provides a popular recreational fishery for brown trout, but also a commercial fishery using cages moored in the centre of the loch.


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