Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust
Who we are
Castle Loch is the largest of the lochs in Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway and was purchased by the local community in 2014. Managed by a keen team of volunteers, the community buyout has enabled the creation of new footpaths, built forest classrooms, welcomed many visiting nursery/school groups and maintained the site for all to visit and enjoy.
The site is one of the oldest Local Nature Reserves (LNR) and also a site of national and international importance for its bird, plant and wild life with a whole list of designations, including Site of Scientific Interest, Ramsar Site and Special Protected Area.
The loch is a great location to visit at any time of the year, offering fine opportunities to enjoy the outdoors: walk the 3-mile loch circuit, fish for record sized carp or take to the waters under sail. All year round the site offers the chance to see breeding Willow Tit at their northern reaches and otter hunting among the reeds. In summer the woods are alive with the song of warblers and in winter the waters become a haven for migrating wildfowl, goosander and geese.
All money raised go towards the upkeep, access and improvements of the loch, woodlands and loch side cottage.
Castle Loch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJA8gC1Y1DE