Rannoch Moor

The Rannoch Moor ( Scottish Gaelic: Mòinteach Raineach ) is about 130 km ² Moor in the Scottish Highlands. It is in the Council Areas Highland, Perth and Kinross and a small part in the north of Argyll and Bute.


The Rannoch Moor is on a 300 to 400 meters above the sea level lying plateau and is largely uninhabited. It has - roughly speaking - a triangular shape. The eastern corner of the triangle is marked by the western shore of Loch Rannoch. As southern tip of Rannoch Moor is generally Loch Tulla. The western corner is located at the eastern end of the Valley Glen Coe.

The Rannoch Moor is wholly unsuited to agriculture and therefore one of the last of human hands barely touched landscapes of Scotland. The area is characterized by numerous peat bogs, streams, ponds and lakes. The largest body of water in the bog is the Blackwater reservoir, landscaped around 1900 dam. The largest natural water surfaces are Laidon hole, hole Eigheach and Loch Ba. Conversely Enter the Moor of numerous, up to 1000 m high mountains. The Rannoch Moor is a watershed. The westerly lakes and rivers drain ultimately into the Atlantic, the eastern over the River Tay in the North Sea.

The Rannoch Moor is accessed only in north-south direction from the A82 and the railway line on the West Highland Line. A road or railway line in east-west direction does not exist. Also, the West Highland Way, a 153 km long distance hiking trail, the area from the south crosses to the north.


  • There are some Donald Duck comic books, in which the fictional Castle McDuck plays a role. The lock should be in accordance with the comics at a place called Dismal Downs in Rannoch Moor.
  • In the British film Trainspotting (1996 ), the drug-addicted protagonist of the story go to the country to undertake a short hike. The scene was filmed at the Corrour Rail station in the Rannoch Moor.