A Guide to Angling on Lakes Within the United Kingdom

The Five Largest Lakes in the UK

If you’re looking to explore the UK countryside or searching for peace outside the clangour of the big cities, consider visiting one of the UK lakes on our list.

5. Loch Maree 

Situated in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, Loch Maree is well-known for the collection of over forty islands littering her waters. The sweet scent of Caledonian pines will tantalise your senses as you seek out the beautiful black-throated divers or the otters inhabiting this area. With a surface area of 28,6 km², it is the fourth largest freshwater loch in Scotland.

4. Loch Awe

Number four on the list is the aptly named Loch Awe. Proud fishermen will regale you with tales of glory on the seemingly endless banks of Loch Awe. Well-known for its trout fishing, anglers travel from far and wide in search of the ferox brown trout, sea trout, pike, and even seasonal salmon. Situated in Argyll and Bute in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Awe has a surface area of 38,5 km² and drains into the Atlantic ocean. You’ll find the banks of this Loch dotted with castles, the most famous being the Kilchurn Castle.

3. Loch Ness

Number three might be the most notorious on our list: the famous and deeply mysterious Loch Ness. Loch Ness has been a firm favourite in urban legends the world over for decades, but it’s not the infamous “Nessie” that put this loch on this list. With a surface area of 56 km², Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland. Due to its vast depth and unexpected crevices, some allegedly reaching down as far as 271 m, Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.

2. Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond sneaks into spot number two on our list but still reigns supreme as the largest lake in Scotland with a surface area of 71.2 km². Safely nestled in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is a favourite with local and international adventurers alike. The quaint villages scattered along the shores, glorious scenery, and a bevy of local activities can keep you occupied for days. Hire a boat to explore the Loch’s many islands, or take the Loch Lomond waterbus or any of the numerous cruises available. Loch Lomond is less than an hour’s travel from Glasgow, making this an easy trip for those with less time available. 

1. Lough Neagh

Taking the crown on this list is the beautiful Lough Neagh. With an impressive surface area of 392 km², Lough Neagh is the largest lake in the United Kingdom. Located about 32 km outside Belfast, Lough Neagh is a sought-after destination for bird watchers and travellers alike. With a whole host of activities to keep you busy in every season, Lough Neagh is a prime destination for many. 

As you can see, these lakes offer the best of the UK, so grab your rod and enjoy the banks of these beauties while musing over your trading.