Got to be Scottish with a name like that. I got this tune from Kathryn Tickell’s 80s album "Borderlands", where she played it along with the late Martyn Bennett. They played the tune in C, with Kathryn on Northumbrian pipes and Martyn, I think, on Scottish smallpipes, though I could be mistaken on this latter point. I’ve submitted it in D, but people might find it works better for them in G or A.
On the album it’s played as a slow tune but it would probably work as a regular waltz tune.
Even by Scottish standards Loch Rannoch is singularly huge and bleak. It contains colossal trout called ferox, sometimes caught by Victorian anglers, whose life was mysterious until a keen angler recently used an echo-sounder to locate them and work out their habits (I mean the ferox, not the Victorians). To the West, the West Highland railway line toils over its highest stretch, on or next to Rannoch Moor. Been there, did not get the T-shirt.
I caught the train from Rannoch station once. I cycled miles along a lonely road across Rannoch Moor, until I reached the station, where the road comes to an abrupt stop. A station, a couple of small hotels and a few footpaths disappearing off into the mountains. The next station on to the North isn’t even accessible by road.
Loch Rannoch, X:2
This is one of my favorites. I love slow tunes. In fact, I like this tune so much that I learned it and regularly play it on mandolin, low-D whistle (If you play low-D or flute, you need to learn this tune), banjo, and concertina. None of the other musicians at my session know this tune, but they keep requesting that I play it.
Re: Loch Rannoch
If you were going to add a Q: field to the ABC notation (tempo), what would it be?