Scotland is famous for its lochs. A loch is a lake or a sea inlet. From Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway to Loch of Cliff right at the northern tip of Shetland, there are over 30,000 of them around the country.
Some, like Loch Lomond, are huge. Some, like Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh, are small. Some, like Loch Morar, are mysterious. All of them are waiting to be explored!
A small loch is called a Lochan. There's no special word for a big loch, but in Scots Gaelic, you would call it a Loch Mhor - and yes, there is a loch called exactly that.
Lots of lochs are connected to the sea - they are called Sea Lochs. At the top of a loch, you'll often find places called Inver, which means river mouth, and where there's a narrow piece of land between two lochs it's often called Tarbert, meaning isthmus or causeway (there are at least 16 places called Tarbert in Scotland!).
Image: Unsplash / Malcolm Lightbody - Loch Lubnaig
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