Scotland's lochs and smaller lochans, often known as 'lakes' in other countries, are a sparkling feature of the landscape and you'll find over 30,000 across the country.

Some, like lochs Ness and Lomond, are large. Some, like lochs Drunkie and Gamhna, are small and some, including Loch Morar and Lochan a' Chladheimh, are mysterious. All are waiting to be explored and are ideal for watersports, shore-side walks, wildlife watching, fishing and much more. In 2020 we're celebrating our Year of Coasts & Waters - how many of these lochs do you recognise?

If you're visiting Central Scotland, it's well worth exploring some of the lochs near Edinburgh and Glasgow?

You can now travel short distances of around 5 miles to enjoy the outdoors and exercise in Scotland, to use public spaces for recreational purposes such as sitting to soak up the sun (where possible!), and to meet up with one other household in small numbers. Please remember to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times, both indoors and outdoors.

The following activities are also now possible following the above advice during advice during Phase 1: cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, walking, hiking and watersports.