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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 856 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOCH SHIEL, a lake near the Atlantic seaboard of Scotland, lying between the district of Moidart in Inverness-shire and the districts of Ardgour and Sunart in Argyllshire. The boundary line between the two counties is drawn lengthwise down the centre of the lake and is continued down the river Shiel to the sea. The loch is 172 M. long and varies in width from 200 yds. to 1 m., and is only 112 ft. above the sea. The maximum depth is 420 ft. with a mean depth of 812 ft. The lake has an area of 4840 acres or 72 sq. m., and drains directly a basin of 722 sq. m., and with an outflow from Loch Dilate, or Doilake, of 852 sq. m. Loch Dilate lies 12 m. E. of Loch Shiel, into which it flows by the Polloch. It is 12 m; long at its maximum, with a maximum depth of S5 ft., and covers an area of 142 acres. For fully three-fourths of its length Loch Shiel has a southwesterly direction, but at Eilean Fhianain (Finnan's Island) it strikes towards the west. It receives the Finnan and other small streams and discharges by the Shiel to the salt-water Loch Moidart. On the north-west and south-east it is skirted by lofty hills (Sgor Choileam (3164), Sgor nau Coireachan (3133) and others of over 2000 ft.) ,but the land at the western extremity in Ardnamurchan is low-lying.
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Seems to be a few errors. It is not 172 miles or meters long -probably 17.2 miles, although it looks a bit more to me. The maximum depth should be greater than the mean (average) depth.
Loch Sheil is a Loch not a lake there is only one lake in Scotland and it's called the lake of mentieh nr Stirling. please correct your site. thanks Ross p.s. loch sheil is 17.1 miles long
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