Loch Oich

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Oich, a loch and a rivulet of Kilmonivaig and Boleskine parishes, in the Great Glen, Inverness-shire. Lying 105 feet above sea-level, between Lochs Ness and Lochy, the lake has a length from SSW to NNE of 3 7/10 miles, whilst its breadth varies between 1 and 2 ¼ furlongs. It forms the summit-level of the Caledonian Canal navigation; is gemmed with two wooded islets, and encircled by verdant banks and picturesque hills; receives, on its western side, the tribute of the Garry; and at Invergarry commands a romantic vista view into Glengarry. Its waters are so stored with salmon, trout, and pike, as to afford prime sport to anglers. The rivulett, issuing from the foot of the lake, runs 6¾ miles north-north-eastward to Loch Ness (50 feet) at Fort Augustus. It is flanked by low rocky heath-clad hills, and yields capital salmon and trout fishing.—Ord. Sur., shs. 63, 73, 1873-78.

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