Loch Achnamoine

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Loch Achnamoine, from the road on its northern shore
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LocationScottish Highlands
Coordinates58°15′40″N 4°01′21″W / 58.26111°N 4.02250°W / 58.26111; -4.02250Coordinates: 58°15′40″N 4°01′21″W / 58.26111°N 4.02250°W / 58.26111; -4.02250
Primary outflowsRiver Helmsdale
Basin countriesScotland, United Kingdom
Max. length1.38 km (0.86 mi)
Max. width397 m (1,302 ft)
Surface elevation114.1 m (374 ft)

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Loch Achnamoine is a small Tarn (lake), situated on the River Helmsdale in the Highland (council area) council area of Scotland. The nearest settlement to it is Kinbrace, a small village 2.5 miles (4 km) east, along a small country road.

The name derives from the Scottish Gaelic elements "achadh" and "mòine", meaning "Lake of the Peat-field".[1].

Loch Achnamoine is a drift dam, formed from the last glacial period in Scotland[2]. The loch was the site of several biological surveys in the 1990s, identifying several species of xanthidium in its waters[3]


  1. "The Gaelic origins of place names in Britain". OS GetOutside. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  2. Memoirs of the Geological Society of Great Britain: Explanation of Sheet. Scotland. H.M. Stationery Office. 1931.
  3. Archiv Für Hydrobiologie: Monographische Beiträge. E. Schweizerbart. 1995.

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