Loch of Tingwall

This loch lies six miles west of Shetland's main town, Lerwick. It extends some half a mile long.

The name of the loch comes from the Old Norse for parliament, 'Ting'.  There is a small promontory at the north end of the Loch, called Tingaholm, which was the site of Shetland’s local parliament until the late 16th century (see the THING Sites website).

The loch is underlaid by limestone rock that ensures a base pH of on average 8.2. This, along with the fact that there is good farming land surrounding most of the west side of the loch, ensures nutrition to support an environment for diverse and rich aquatic life.

Surface Water Temperature

Surface Water pH

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