Barr Loch

A shallow loch in SW Renfrewshire, Barr Loch a half-mile (1 km) south of Lochwinnoch and a quarter-mile (0.5 km) southwest of Castle Semple Loch, with which is connected by drainage channels. It is also connected to the smaller Aird Meadow Loch to the northeast. Barr Loch extends to 81 ha / 200 acres. It was drained in the 18th C. to provide additional farm land for the growing of oats and hay. However this process was reversed in 1946. Barr Loch now forms part of the Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, noted for its bird-life, but also offers recreational fishing with brown trout, pike, perch, roach and eels, together with occasional salmon and sea-trout.

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