#### Cap'n Fishy

##### Well-known member

I was using this tool...

... to check on the size of a couple of waters we were considering for a club outing.

And then I measured a few of the waters I am familiar with and fish regularly - just for comparison. Then I added in some of the ones I used to fish to see how they compared. And I ended up putting in most of them. Then I added some of the ones I have never fished, but have read about and heard about... to see how they compared. The more I added, the more it became interesting to see which ones were bigger or smaller than which others. Some are bigger than I think they are, and some seem smaller - though a lot depends on whether they are roughly circular, or consist of all arms and legs. The circular ones pack in so many more acres than the leggy ones. Finally, I put in a couple of the big Irish loughs, which fairly put things in perspective!

Here is the current list...

(Sorry about the full justification - I can't find any way to narrow the columns???
)

I have to come clean and say that I did not attempt to measure Lomond, largely due to the islands. (I looked it up.) I subtracted the area of islands from the water surface areas in my measurements. I did measure Corrib, roughly , but the islands were way too much and I just made an allowance for them!

It really puts things in perspective when you can add up Lochs Awe, Ness and Lomond and the combined acreage is less than Corrib!

The 4 Cape Wrath lochs make a set (which was why the

You can get a feel for the size of water you like to fish, I think. To some extent, I am a case of, "the bigger, the better". I like nothing more than to go out on a properly big water, such as Shin or Shiel, to explore what there is to be found. But at the same time, when I look through the list, I see many of my favourite waters falling in the range 300 to 600 acres. So, there is a question there for you - what range of size do you prefer to fish?

The list is obviously by no means exhausted or intended to be exclusive. If anyone would like their favourite water added to the list that doesn't currently appear, just ping it to me and I will add it in. I would make one stipulation... nothing under 20 acres, please. There are 1000s of such that could be included, and really the aim was to have a look at the comparative sizes of the bigger waters we have available to us.

Col

... to check on the size of a couple of waters we were considering for a club outing.

And then I measured a few of the waters I am familiar with and fish regularly - just for comparison. Then I added in some of the ones I used to fish to see how they compared. And I ended up putting in most of them. Then I added some of the ones I have never fished, but have read about and heard about... to see how they compared. The more I added, the more it became interesting to see which ones were bigger or smaller than which others. Some are bigger than I think they are, and some seem smaller - though a lot depends on whether they are roughly circular, or consist of all arms and legs. The circular ones pack in so many more acres than the leggy ones. Finally, I put in a couple of the big Irish loughs, which fairly put things in perspective!

Here is the current list...

(Sorry about the full justification - I can't find any way to narrow the columns???

Water | Acres | |

Loch | Lanlish (Cape Wrath) | 9 |

Clubbiedean Res | 12 | |

Loganlea Res | 17 | |

Headshaw Loch | 17 | |

Schoolhouse Loch (S Uist) | 18 | |

Acreknowe Res | 20 | |

Coldingham Loch | 20 | |

Glensherup Res | 22 | |

Lindean Loch | 23 | |

North Esk Res | 24 | |

Loch | Leir (Forsinard) | 27 |

Harlaw Res | 28 | |

Loch | Bhac | 29 |

Loch | Croispol (Cape Wrath) | 29 |

Loch | Dola (Lairg) | 32 |

Hopes Res | 34 | |

Castle Loch (S Uist) | 35 | |

Loch | Roag | 36 |

Piperdam Loch | 39 | |

Lower Kildonan | 40 | |

Glenquey Res | 41 | |

Toft Newton Res | 42 | |

Loch | Kinardochy | 43 |

Loch | Cherigal | 44 |

Mill Loch (S Uist) | 45 | |

Glencorse Res | 47 | |

Elinor Fishery | 47 | |

Loch | Valtos | 50 |

Tottiford Res | 52 | |

Loch | Bharp | 53 |

Crosswood Res | 55 | |

Badingsgill Res | 57 | |

Loch | Rusky | 61 |

Loch | Hosta | 64 |

Loch | Caladail (Cape Wrath) | 65 |

Loch | Skeen | 66 |

Loch | Ederline | 68 |

Loch | Fada (S Uist) | 69 |

Loch | Dionard | 70 |

Watchwater Res | 71 | |

Thornton Res | 73 | |

Loch | Sletill (Forsinard) | 81 |

Pond of Drummond | 85 | |

Harelaw (Nielston) | 86 | |

Alemoor Res | 89 | |

Loch | Borralie (Cape Wrath) | 90 |

Westwater (Pentlands) | 90 | |

Lindores Loch | 91 | |

Linlithgow Loch | 96 | |

Loch of the Lowes (borders) | 96 | |

Frandy Res | 98 | |

Ravensthorpe Res | 99 | |

Portmore Res | 101 | |

Butterstone Loch | 105 | |

Cameron Res | 108 | |

North Third Res | 111 | |

Loch | Garten | 113 |

Ardleigh Res | 114 | |

Clatworthy Res | 115 | |

Loch | Borrolan | 116 |

Monikie Res | 118 | |

Arliington Res | 118 | |

Black Loch | 122 | |

Sweethope Loughs | 123 | |

Sutton Bingham Res | 125 | |

Threipmuir Res | 128 | |

Mishnish Lochs (x3) Mull | 129 | |

Loch | Craggie (Lairg) | 133 |

Loch of | Toftingall | 140 |

Loch | Drunkie | 141 |

Gartmorn Dam | 142 | |

Rescobie Loch | 145 | |

Malham Trarn | 148 | |

Ballo Res | 160 | |

Loch | Fad (Bute) | 165 |

Loch | Knockie | 175 |

Loch | Heilan | 177 |

Whiteadder Res | 184 | |

Camps Res | 185 | |

St John's Loch | 202 | |

Lochore Meadows | 209 | |

Stocks Res | 212 | |

Loch | Lee | 220 |

Harperrig Res | 221 | |

Foremark Res | 222 | |

Loch | Ailsh | 231 |

Loch of | Hundland | 239 |

Catcleugh Res | 248 | |

Cobbinshaw Res | 249 | |

Loch | Migdale | 258 |

East Bi & Shell Loch | 268 | |

Fruid Res | 278 | |

Loch | Insh | 298 |

Loch | Morlich | 300 |

Talla Res | 301 | |

Wimbleball Res | 316 | |

Talybont Res | 321 | |

Loch | Freuchie | 339 |

Loch | Ruthven | 365 |

Farmoor I & II | 366 | |

Blagdon Res | 368 | |

Loch | Thom | 376 |

Loch | Eye | 389 |

Eyebrook Res | 391 | |

Gladhouse Res | 395 | |

Loch | Merkland | 419 |

Loch | Arianas | 423 |

Lintrathen | 424 | |

Llandegfedd Res | 424 | |

Loch | Eilt | 447 |

Queen Mother Res | 469 | |

Loch | Urigill | 473 |

Ladybower Res | 481 | |

Loch | Trealabhal (Lewis) | 498 |

Loch | Brora (total of 3) | 520 |

Loch | Meadie (Altnaharra) | 525 |

Loch | Veyatie | 568 |

Loch of | Swannay | 570 |

Loch of | Boardhouse | 575 |

Clywedog Res | 586 | |

Draycote Res | 592 | |

Roadford Res | 595 | |

Megget Res | 601 | |

Lake of | Menteith | 605 |

Loch | Stack | 608 |

Cam Loch | 610 | |

St Mary's Loch | 616 | |

Pitsford Res | 638 | |

Loch | Gorm (Islay) | 648 |

Badanloch | 673 | |

Bewl Water | 680 | |

Carsington Res | 698 | |

Colliford Res | 735 | |

Blithfield Res | 743 | |

Loch | Ba (Mull) | 780 |

Loch | Nan Clar | 781 |

Loch | Rimsdale | 783 |

Hanningfield Res | 819 | |

Loch | More (Laxford system) | 852 |

Carron Valley Res | 858 | |

Loch | Venachar | 903 |

Llyn | Brenig | 904 |

Loch | Watten | 919 |

Loch | Beinn a' Mheadhoin | 987 |

Chew Valley Res | 1032 | |

Loch | Calder | 1057 |

Lake | Vyrnwy | 1095 |

Llyn | Trawsfynydd | 1197 |

Loch | Sionasgaig | 1350 |

Loch | Naver | 1399 |

Loch | Tummel | 1434 |

Loch | Hope | 1527 |

Grafham Res | 1534 | |

Loch | Loyal | 1605 |

Loch | Garry | 1681 |

Loch | Assynt | 1952 |

Loch | Langabhat (Lewis) | 2186 |

Loch | Earn | 2355 |

Loch of | Harray | 2400 |

Kielder Res | 2441 | |

Blackwater Res | 2525 | |

Rutland Res | 2763 | |

Loch | Katrine | 3185 |

Loch | Leven | 3361 |

Loch | Arkaig | 3890 |

Loch | Lochy | 4108 |

Loch | Rannoch | 4622 |

Loch | Shiel | 4809 |

Lough | Melvin | 5450 |

Loch | Tay | 6404 |

Loch | Morar | 6552 |

Loch | Maree | 6900 |

Loch | Shin | 7538 |

Loch | Awe | 9083 |

Loch | Ness | 13690 |

Loch | Lomond | 17500 |

Lough | Mask | 18413 |

Lough | Corrib | 42000 |

I have to come clean and say that I did not attempt to measure Lomond, largely due to the islands. (I looked it up.) I subtracted the area of islands from the water surface areas in my measurements. I did measure Corrib, roughly , but the islands were way too much and I just made an allowance for them!

It really puts things in perspective when you can add up Lochs Awe, Ness and Lomond and the combined acreage is less than Corrib!

The 4 Cape Wrath lochs make a set (which was why the

*9 acre Lanlish makes the list. The 3, interconnected Badanloch lochs also make a set. And they brought up another point of interest - how many waters that lie close to each other are very similar in size. The other 2 lochs in that chain, Nan Clar and Rimsdale differ by 2 acres. And then you have Swannay and Boardhouse on Orkney, which lie side-by side and differ by 5 acres! See also, Arkaig/Lochy, Trawsfynydd/Vyrnwy,*__tiny__*et al*.You can get a feel for the size of water you like to fish, I think. To some extent, I am a case of, "the bigger, the better". I like nothing more than to go out on a properly big water, such as Shin or Shiel, to explore what there is to be found. But at the same time, when I look through the list, I see many of my favourite waters falling in the range 300 to 600 acres. So, there is a question there for you - what range of size do you prefer to fish?

The list is obviously by no means exhausted or intended to be exclusive. If anyone would like their favourite water added to the list that doesn't currently appear, just ping it to me and I will add it in. I would make one stipulation... nothing under 20 acres, please. There are 1000s of such that could be included, and really the aim was to have a look at the comparative sizes of the bigger waters we have available to us.

Col

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