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With Urquhart Castle in the foreground
|Type||freshwater loch, oligotrophic, dimictic|
|Primary inflows||River Oich/Caledonian Canal, River Moriston, River Foyers, River Enrick, River Coiltie|
|Primary outflows||River Ness/Caledonian Canal|
|Catchment area||1,770 km2 (685 sq mi)|
|Max. length||36.2 km (22.5 mi)|
|Max. width||2.7 km (1.7 mi)|
|Surface area||56 km2 (21.8 sq mi)|
|Average depth||132 m (433 ft)|
|Max. depth||226.96 m (124.10 fathoms; 744.6 ft)|
|Water volume||7.5 km3 (1.8 cu mi)|
|Surface elevation||15.8 m (52 ft)|
|Islands||1 (Cherry Island)|
Loch Ness is 36 kilometres long and only 1.5 kilometres wide. It is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 56.4 km2 (21.8 sq mi), after Loch Lomond. Because of its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 230 m (755 ft). This is deeper than any other loch except Loch Morar.
It contains more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.
- Dill, W.A. (1993). Inland Fisheries of Europe, p. 227. EIFAC FAO Technical Report 52 suppl.
- "Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897–1909". National Library of Scotland. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. https://web.archive.org/web/20070208122134/http://www.nls.uk/maps/early/bathymetric/main_info.html.
- "Ness, Loch". The Gazetteer for Scotland. http://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst2397.html. Retrieved 2010-02-09.