The Loch Walkthrough
by G&D Productions
1 The Loch.
The First Skull.
Go straight into the water (S) and then swim to the left (E) in a small channel, climb out on the left in the back. Take a running jump over to the other (S) side and pick up the Skull from the pedestal.
Back to the water and now swim W around some corners and climb out at a stone pier S. Follow through on the path and dive into the small pool there. Swim to the end and end up in a cave.
Cave with the Lake, second Skull and the Shotgun.
Swim to the NW corner, get out and go to the right (NE) and grab the Shotgun. Back to the water, now swim to the island and climb up E. Jump up to get the Second Skull from an alcove. Go out and around the right, climb the block and get the small medipack.
The Fire Stone.
Swim back (SE) and climb out of the small pool and return to the Loch. Standing on the pier you can see a torch burning NW, go there and climb out. Follow through and kill a dog. Place the two skulls at the end (W), this will open up the gate above. Climb up and follow through and save at the slide. Slide down, sprint to the right (or left) and around the corner again, after the next corner you are safe.
Follow through, left or right, take a running jump to grab the ledge and pick up the Fire Stone from the pedestal.
Jump into the open gate on your left, follow through till you are almost to the boulder room but take a right, then when you are back at the boulder room the gate slams shut, so follow through (right) and at the end the gate opens and you are back at the place where you placed the skulls.
Go back to the lake and jump in the water and swim to the pier (SE) and go down to the building in the back left to place the Fire Stone. Enter and go to the big hall.
Pull the switch on the wall on
the left (E)
to open the gate to the library .
Go immediately to the right and
use the lever #1 there. Go up the stairs now and take a right, at the
end is another lever #2. Watch the dogs. Go down the staircase and
loop around to the right, at the end is another narrow staircase. In
the small downstairs room you can pick up the Shotgun
flip the lever #3 in the alcove E, a gate opens in the Hall.
Notice the rope on the E wall before you go back up and back W to the Hall; the gate on the left (S) is open. On the left (E) is a lever; watch the fly by, this only means you have to backtrack a bit to the pool.
Go back and out straight (N), jump in the small pool and swim through, climb out N, near the wall torch and go into the opening.
Follow through, down a slide and a gate will open at the end of the corridor. Run as fast as you can over the pool SE as that is a sort of safe place to get the dogs.
Pick up the Shotgun ammo nearby, and go to the SE corner to find a block you can pull up on. Pull up even higher, jump to the other side and use the monkey swing to get to the tower in the middle. Pick up the Medipack and also a Torch. You can throw both of them down if you want, but keep an eye out where they fall.
Safest way down is get the monkey swing and let yourself drop in the small pool below. Now get the Torch and shoot the barrier N, jump up onto the corner of the alcove and ignite the Torch carefully. Just standing in front of it does the trick. Use it on the ropes in the corners of this place so that the three boulders can drop. This action opens the gate E; do take the Torch with you!!
Get in, take a running jump over the lava and follow through, jump up at the end, leave the Torch so you can pick it up again and use the lever S. Watch the fly by then pick up the Torch and jump all the way up, be careful of the boulders though. The exit is in the NW corner; a door opens so now you can ignite that dangling rope you saw before. The opposite gate opens; this is Secret #1,Explosive Arrows. You can leave the Torch now.
The Castle Key.
Go back up the staircase S,
head back through the Library to the Hall and into the gate S. Get the Castle
the pedestal and watch the fly by. This means back to the Loch and
into that small channel (where you picked up the first Skull). So
leave N and up the path and into the lake, swim straight around some
corners, again straight then pull up on the left and jump over the
banks to insert the Castle Key on the Castle door.
Get in and when you are looking down at a courtyard better jump up to grab the fire block to the right and shimmy to get some Shotgun ammo. To the other side is a small medipack.
Now shimmy back to the middle
and do a safety drop down onto the slanted block and slide down. Go
into the opening left (NE) take 3 hops back and sprint down to jump
out as a boulder is coming down onto a trapdoor. Drop down into the
open trapdoor, go into the room and jump on both marked tiles near the
hole with lava deep down below where you've just come from (so don't
go down there). The gate NW opens.
Follow through and use the
TIMED lever in here. The gate it opens is back and on the other side
to the right (SE) so roll and sprint, jump over the pit and into the
open gate. Shoot the dog and use the Timed lever, this opens the gate
opposite. The same story with this Timed lever, this one also opens
the door opposite on the left. Again a Timed lever in here, this one
opens the last gate in the S wall. The next gate opens when you
approach and slide down.
Lara arrives in some shallow water, swim to the other side and climb out, the door should open. Follow through and watch the fly by. Go left around the corner and jump over (W), the area near the W wall has some dogs and a door that needs the Crowbar to open up.
Lava Basements and a Skull.
For now descend the staircase, behind the block with the receptacle (left one) is a lever. This fills the second pool and also the guide turns up again.
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Go to the SE corner and swim into the opening there. Jump in the pool and through the opening on the left. Climb up at the end and jump to the slope on the left and shimmy almost to the end, backflip and land on a ledge. Use the jump lever N and jump back to the slope.
Shimmy left and at the end backflip and roll with a curve to the right. Now go in the open door (S) and grab the Skull #1. Go back through the water to the room with the two pools. The guide has disappeared so go left up the steps (S) and you see him again at a huge pit on the left.
Another Skull, the First Fire Stone.
Take a running jump to the pillar there after he's done. Pick up the Skull #2 and make your way down to the bottom and place the Skull next to the gate N. Enter and at the end take a running jump into the pool way down. Get out, shoot a dog and go NE, pick up the Fire Stone and get to the ladder on the N wall a bit back, near the barrels. Once on top jump first to the pillar straight ahead (W), there is a jump lever behind it. Jump back (E) and start jumping from pillar to pillar and when you are at the E wall, there is another jump lever behind the pillar, you'll see the gate opening up. Jump to the pillar on the right (S).
Now line up for the jump to the right (W) and take a running jump to land on the safe corner next to the fire bowl, better drop and shimmy your way passing the fire bowl, so you won't burn Lara. Get back to the Tower and over into the gate on other side for Secret #2, Explosive Arrows. Then climb the Tower to the top and jump to grab one of the corner pillars (NE-NW).
Place the Skull N and the door on the right (E) opens. Look down into the opening and lower yourself on that block in the lava field, you can jump to the sides and safety drop from there. Now we are going for some fun jumping. Take a running jump and grab to the first block on the right, hoist up, slide/jump and again and grab the next block, which is safe.
Stand all the way to the left and take a running jump (no Ctrl) and keep sliding and jumping to the last block, jump up to catch the jump lever hidden in the plant on the wall. Climb on the raised block climb up into the same cave you might say. But it is not, go out the opening and get a Medipack around the corner left, and leave. Avoid the boulder on the ramp, and jump down into a big cave area.
Big Dark Cave, Second Fire Stone.
Shoot the barriers S and go in, careful as a pack of dogs are trying to eat Lara. Keep going down and jump the pit to get the Second Fire Stone and watch the cut scene. So go back up again and in the cave go left (W) into the gate you just opened. Follow through and you end up at the start of this level. So get in the open gate on the right, jump to the left (W) and go down the stairs to place the Fire Stones. Enter and on the back of the last pillar is a jump switch, climb on the block that appears in the middle of the room and jump to one of the ledges on the side.
High Pillar Jumps, the Crowbar.
Go N and take a running jump/grab to the first pillar, face W and climb down the ladder. Then jump to the left (S) and use the jump lever, jump back and climb back up. Take a running jump and grab the slide; slide jump twice to the ledge where the spikes were (on the right). Now aim for that slanted pillar NW and keep jumping and try to slide backwards from the last slope and shimmy all the way left (or right). Take a back flip and you end up in a corner of the burning tile and hop back, no harm is done. There is even some water in this alcove in case you are ablaze.
Jump N and then to the ledge with the closed gate W. Go from there to the S and to the pillar with the box.
Push the box on both marked tiles (you can shimmy past the block) and the gate N opens, leave the ladder for now and jump to the N where the door opened. Use the jump lever in there and go back to the ledge with the push block and climb down the W side. Jump to the left (N) and then to the next and a running jump to grab the ledge in front of the open door. Pick up the Crowbar and look up, there is a boulder you have to trigger.
Take two jumps backwards and sprint back around the corner. Go up the slope and at a junction go straight and around the corner get the Crossbow from a pedestal. The door you hear opening is just around the corner left (E wall).
For a secret slide down and jump in the water, swim back to the small pool and go to the next pool, climb out. Go up the stairs on the left and once up take a right around the corner and use the crowbar to open the door and get the goodies in Secret #3, a Medipack, Shotgun Ammo and Flares. Now go back to where you got the crossbow, down the stairs around the corner, swim through the two pools and into the tunnel on the left.
Get out of the water and use the open door W, up the slope and to the right to finally use the door W and end the level.
2 Castle Sanctuary.
Go through and then take a right (or left) and lower yourself down to the floor below. Head around the central room to the lever in the S and open a gate above. Go S around the wall and hop onto a block there.
Take a running jump with an angle to the SW or NW ledge (no Ctrl) and go to the S side to enter the open gate. Turn around at the pit and climb down the ladder, take a running jump when you think the spikes will pop up and hang on the edge as far as to the right. And when the spikes pop up again, hoist up and go right into that passage.
The Big hall, the Revolver and the First Fire Stone.
Go all the way to the left (S) and into the opening there, turn around and climb the ladder. Spikes are popping up and a curved running jump/grab (along left or right) over the dangerous tiles to the other side. Hop to the middle section and then another hop to the left and use the floor lever there (shimmy to the corner).
Jump on the block that appeared
and take a running jump to the pillar straight ahead (E). First go
jumping to the last pillar on the right (S) and behind that last one
is a jump lever behind the pillar (opens a gate below for later). Turn
around and jump back where you started the pillar jumping (N) and a
running jump to the next pillar. Now face W and take a running jump to
that platform and shoot the barriers there as well as the nasty small
Stand on the marked tile (NW) facing E and take a running jump to that timed platform that appeared and hoist yourself up onto the pillar. Take another jump left (N) and face the popping up spikes from the far side of this pillar. Take another running jump when you think the spikes pop up and jump (or run) immediately to the right. Get the Revolver.
Either hop left or right on a marked tile and take a running jump to the ledge with the floor lever on it and flip it to open the gate to the Stone. Take a safety drop to the ground floor, go first to the SE corner and enter that opened gate for Secret # 4, a Skull. Now you can leave this place (NE).
Again a curved running jump
over the spikes when they go down and grab the other ledge, climb up
the ladder, turn around and get the first
of the Fire Stones from
the room S.
Leave N and lower yourself down to the floor below and place the first Fire Stone in its receptacle in the opening at the N side of the central room, in the receptacle without the fire.
The High Hall, the Second Fire Stone.
Find the block on the outside N ledge and jump back SW or SE to that middle structure, to go to the right (W) and enter the newly opened gate. Down the stairs and once down, shoot the baddie there and find the opening on the left (W). Follow the baddie but before going inside, pick up a Medipack SE.
Once in the opening, stand facing NW and jump up to the base of the pillar. Face to the left (S) and jump from pillar to the ledges with the lions, you get shot if you're not careful, so watch and wait until the baddies far below climb into a passage out of sight, then jump to the next (jump along the front side of the lions) and then on the S side is an opening, go in there for Secret # 5, Skull #2.
Go back and jump out into the pool below (if you keep the revolver drawn, you could shoot a baddie while still in the air). Get out of the water and shoot another goon, go get the additional RevolverNW and the Medipack NE. Jump into the opening and use both the floor levers there, get out and a block appeared on the S wall. There is another baddie trying to kill you and this time you can try to take him out from standing on the raised block (if not, just be quick). Then face S and use the jump lever, return to the two floor levers N and find the now open trapdoor (above).
Climb up and go right (W) and pick up the Shotgun. Turn around and go to the other end and face the crack NE. Do a banana run jump around the corner and grab that crack, use it to shimmy to the right. More pillar hopping and jump to the ledges with the lions, find the crack SW and shimmy right again. Jump to the pillar N and use the jump lever behind it. The block on the building has come up, so take a running jump and climb on top.
Face N and hoist up, go into the passage and the door slams shut behind you. There are many goons in here so be careful and also some marked tiles that are spike traps. In the NE corner is a floor lever, pull it and you can also look for two small medipacks the goons left behind before you climb onto the block that appeared N.
Climb up and use the detonator to blow up part of this room. Climb up on the fallen wall and leave S. Go stand on the tile left and face the block (NW) where the flames are out and take a running jump and keep running and jumping to grab the ledge under the pillar W. Same story, pillar hopping again all the way to the other side and jump to the crack in the N wall and shimmy left to hoist in the opening there.
Turn W and into the opening of that building, through the passage and onto a block W. Back again to ledges and pillar hopping. There is an opening in the S wall, jump there and turn around and jump up at the ladder and climb up. Jump N and then face to the right (E) to jump to the building where you can see the next stone waiting for you.
Get the Second Fire Stone and leave through the opened gate N. Follow through, safety drop at the end and leave E, go left and enter the lava room and leave S and hop down to the floor below to put the second Fire Stone in its receptacle.
Castle Grounds and the Third Fire Stone.
Climb back up the Tower to find the E gate open. Watch the fly by. Go to the left (NE) and shoot out the barrier there and hop in to get the Medipack and Revolver ammo. Jump down and go SE through a small alley to another square.
Before you get to the square look for an indentation on the floor with a marked tile look up right and jump on the block there. Up another one, turn around and jump up to the NW. Once up there turn SW and jump up that block and from there go to the right into that opening (W). Jump up one block higher, turn around and jump up and over to the ledge with the lever to open another big door. Get down to the ground and this door is at the E wall of the first square.
Go inside and shoot the tiny dinos. In the SE of this small room is an opening, go up the stairs and follow through and out on the balcony go to the right for an extra Revolver and to the left for aTorch. Take the Torch down to the square and go left through that passage to the next square again. On the E wall and on the left is a ladder, leave the Torch there for now.
The Gold Key.
Climb up all the way to the top and take a running jump/grab to the pillar W. Take another running jump to the platform in the middle and then another to the pillar with the Gold Key.
Go back to the ladder and go
down, then go to the SE corner, hop into the opening and use the Gold
Up the stairs, take a running jump (with Ctrl) so you don't bump your head, there is another opening a bit on the left. Take another running jump and go to the wall ahead, turn around and look up, you need to hoist up there (only Ctrl).
Then jump to the ledge with the lever and use it. After watching the camera shot, make your way back to the ground floor. I jumped the ledges and took the staircase down. The door that opened is W. Go get the Torch and head over to that open door, but watch out, as there are some guards around.
Go into the room and ignite the Torch at the fireplace.
Drop the Balls.
Go outside with the Torch and keep the wall to your left and in the passage to the other square, take the first left. Jump up left again and again more jumps. Walk over the ledge there all the way to the end and light the rope. Keep standing there and the spiked ball will drop down. Throw the Torch down to the square where you can pick it up again. See the crack on the wall? Grab it, shimmy round, hoist up and make your way to Secret #6, Skull #3.
Safety drop to the ground
floor. Pick up the Torch and walk ahead to that tower in the middle
(E) and ignite the rope that is hanging there, stay put.
Go to the NE corner and to that other square and jump up left, you've been here before. But this time ignite the rope. Then run and jump up SW around the corner and walk to the W, throw the torch ahead on the ledge and then jump the ledge. Pick up the Torch and stand facing W where that small crawlspace is on the floor. Better save first because this can be tricky. What worked for me, hit the #1 key and Lara drops the Torch. Use the crouch button, pick up the torch and keep the crouch pushed down and throw the Torch through the slit there so it will land a bit further on a ledge.
The Third Fire Stone.
Make your way back to the square below and go W and find a ladder there. Climb up, turn around and jump to the Torch to pick it up. Jump back and up and face N, take a running jump and save again at the end.
Stand at the right and hop and hop again, slide and jump and again slide and jump. Face N and take a running jump to the lower corner of the slanted pillar, then jump and jump three times to ignite the last rope on the ledge there. Throw the Torch down and safety drop to the floor. The gate in the N is open now. Get the Third Fire Stone and leave this place W, the gate will open when you approach it.
Secrets and the Loch Thistle.
Back in the main room, and drop down to place the last Fire Stone.
Go out and go to the left side (W), there is a ladder that goes down. Place the skulls on the sticks in the N, S and E passages. Pick up Secret #7, the Secret Thistle on the pedestal in the middle.
Climb up the ladder W and up to that middle structure. Go to the top of the structure to get the Loch Thistle and get down to the bottom again, the opened door is SW corner. Take a running jump and go to the fireplace to finish this amazing adventure in Scotland.
G&D Oct. 2014.