The magnificent body of water reaches down to depths of over 500ft in places, flanked by the Ben Lawers mountain range in the north, with gentler walks and cycle routes running along the southern shores. Sailing and watersports can gladly be enjoyed here in addition to a variety of country sports - particularly fishing for salmon or pike.
It’s a perfect haven in Scotland to explore from the reaches of a self-catering cottage. At Loch Tay’s northern end lies Ben Lawers, the tenth highest mountain in Britain. At its eastern end is the pretty village of Killin and the dramatic Falls of Dochart that charges through the village under the pretty 18th century bridge.
Artificial islands or ‘crannogs’, once inhabited during ancient times pattern the great surface of the loch, many of which are now completely submerged. But that isn’t the only historical element of the area; the ruins of the old Lawers village can be sought beneath the trees on the northern shores.