WHAT’S IN A NAME (PART 2)?
Q What’s the difference between a tarn, a loch and a llyn? Jason Pitcher via Facebook
If this was the ‘One Word Answer’ question, the response would be simply ‘geography’. We should probably offer a little more than that, though. Lochs, llyns and tarns are all lakes of some kind, with lochs primarily found in Scotland, llyns in Wales, and tarns in northern England.
The word ‘loch’ is the Scottish Gaelic word for a lake or sea inlet. In Ireland, the Isle of Man and northern England the derivative ‘lough’ is often seen.
FAMOUS LOCHS Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Loch Maree
The origin of ‘tarn’ comes from the Old Norse word tjörn meaning pond. Rather than lakes in general, it's usually applied specifically to upland pools – particularly those left by glaciers.
FAMOUS TARNS Red Tarn, Innominate Tarn, Stickle Tarn