Loch Bran is a small, shallow loch about 200 metres above Loch Ness.
It is surrounded by trees and bog and consists of two parts nearly
separated by a long tongue of land, or peninsula.
The part of the loch to the west of this peninsula is mainly shallow.
It has been filling up with peat washed in from the hills and water
lilies, rushes and other water plants have taken root and cover
the surface of this part of Loch Bran.
The eastern part of Loch Bran is deeper. In one part it is about
15 metres deep. Brown Trout and Char live in these deeper waters.
But the most interesting thing about this loch is that it is one
of the best places in Britain for dragonflies and damselflies to
breed. There are about eleven different species of these colourful
giant insects here.
Because Loch Bran is so important as a habitat for plants and animals,
especially the dragon and damsel flies, it is a Site of Special
Scientific Interest. Scottish Natural Heritage is responsible for
looking after it and making sure that is not damaged or polluted.