Today there are still quite a few fishing hamlets as well as many large cities which have evolved from their prominent positions by strategically important waterways.
Loch Fyne is the longest Loch in Scotland - penetrating over 40 miles inland. There are several fresh-water lochs such as the Loch Ness and Loch Eriboll.
Many of the Lochs offer amazing natural beauty and are appreciated for this by tourists and locals alike.
Several of the Lochs - such as Loch Lomond have small 'islands' in them which are sometimes inhabited. Truly, the eerie calm waters of Scotland are a sight for the eyes.
There are 26 rivers which flow into the sea from Scotland but very few are well known. Below are a few of the better known ones:
The Tay River
The Spey River
The Clyde River
The Tweed River
The Dee River
The Don River
The Forth River
There are numerous Lochs in Scotland which are appreciated by locals and tourists alike. Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water Loch and offers amazing natural beauty. The biggest lochs in Scotland are:
The Loch Lomond
The Loch Ness
The Loch Awe/Etive
The Loch Maree
The Loch Morar