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- Lakes in Scotland

Lake of Menteith

Scotland's Only Lake?
A well-known pub quiz question is "What is the name of Scotland's only lake?" The answer is usually given as "Lake of Menteith" in Stirlingshire. The reason is that all the other bodies of water in Scotland are known as lochs...

To be strictly accurate that is not the right answer. The Lake of Menteith is Scotland's only inland "natural" body of water. There are also a number of man-made lakes - Pressmennan Lake in East Lothian is an artificial reservoir constructed in 1819. It lies in a gully in the Lammermuir Hills, above the village of Stenton. It is roughly 2 kilometres in length but less than 100 metres broad. Others include the Lake of the Hirsel in the Scottish Borders and Lake Louise (within the grounds of Skibo Castle). Just to muddy the waters (as it were), there is also a sea bay near Kirkcudbright known as Manxmans Lake.

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