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Scottish Highlands and Northern Ireland’s Lough Neagh

57.0N 5.4W

November 27th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

United Kingdom - November 22nd, 2011

This rare cloud-free image gives us a view of Scotland (right) and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (left), separated by the North Channel or Strait of Moyle.

The dark brown, mountainous area occupying much of the area of Scotland visible here is the Scottish Highlands. The area is very sparsely populated, with many mountain ranges dominating the region, and includes the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. The Great Glen divides the Grampian Mountains to the southeast from the Northwest Highlands.

To the southwest, Lough Neagh, a large freshwater lake, can be observed in Northern Ireland. With an area of 392 square kilometres (151 sq mi), it is the largest lake in the British Isles and ranks among the forty largest lakes of Europe. Located twenty miles (30 km) to the west of Belfast, it is approximately twenty miles (30 km) long and nine miles (15 km) wide. It is very shallow around the margins and the average depth in the main body of the lake is about 9 m (30 ft); although at its deepest the lough is about 25 metres (80 ft) deep.

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