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Ericht, Loch

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Ericht, a loch on the mutual border of Perth and Inverness shires, and a stream of Fortingall parish, Perthshire. The loch, beginning 1 mile SW of Dalwhinnie station, extends 14¾ miles south-south-westward; forms, for 5 miles, the boundary between the two counties; has a varying width of ¼ mile and 9 furlongs; and lies among the central Grampians at an elevation of 1153 feet above sea-level. Overhung on its W side by the precipitous mountain-range of Ben Alder (3757 feet), on its E by Ben Udlaman (3306), it presents an aspect of wild desolation and solemn grandeur, having nowhere on its shores any other signs of human habitation than a couple of shooting lodges and a shepherd's hut. The fishing is capital, the salmo-ferox running up to 20 and 25 lbs., whilst the trout, though rather shy, are very plentiful. The stream, issuing from the foot of the loch, runs 55/8. miles south-south-eastward to Loch Rannoch (668 feet), at a point 7 furlongs from that loch's head; flows, for the first mile or two, in slow, deep current; and is afterwards a sheer torrent, lashing and tearing its banks with wild fury.—Ord. Sur., shs. 63, 54, 1873.

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