Path Opening Event: Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust would like to invite you to the official opening of a new section of footpath, which was cleared and created at the tail end of 2016. This stretch of path moves away from the roadside verge to now run across grassland and the edge of woodland, making it much more pleasant to walk the 3-mile circuit of the loch. The event is on Tuesday 17th January and starts from 10.30am and the official path opening is at 11am with ribbon cutting and unveiling of a finger post by local resident Hal McGhie. We will also be serving a cup of warming soup, sausage roll and glass of something fizzy to mark the occasion.
Location & Parking: The new path runs through woods and across grassland between the Lochmaben castle approach lane and the B7020 Lochmaben to Hightae road. There are numerous parking lay-bys along the B7020, and car parks at the castle and Lochmaben (bowls club), a 15-20 minute pleasant walk away.
This element of the project has been made possible by the hard work of the volunteers clearing the route, Murrays of Beattock (fencing), Clydesdale Community Initiative (path) and funding from Leader, Awards For All, George Hunter Trust and lots of individual donors. A big thank you to everyone involved.
Castle Loch on ITV’s Border Life: Just in case you missed the ITV Border Life feature on Castle Loch, here is the link to watch online. Castle Loch is the first item and I think we all came across really well. Thanks to everyone for their help on the day of filming. http://www.itv.com/…/u…/2016-07-11/watch-border-life-online/
Paths update – posted 10 January 2017: The full 3 mile circuit of the loch path and boardwalk is fully open and pretty dry throughout.
Volunteering activities: Details of November sessions to follow
Winner of RSPB Nature of Scotland Community Initiative 2015
Winner of DG Life ‘People of the Year’ Award 2014
Welcome to Castle Loch, the largest and shallowest of the lochs in Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway. The site is one of the earliest Local Nature Reserves (LNR) and also a site of national and international importance for its birdlife with a whole list of designations, including Site of Scientific Interest, Ramsar Site and Special Protected Area. The loch is a fine location to visit at any time of the year, offering fine opportunities to see bird and wildlife, take walk, fish or take to the waters under sail. The site offers the chance to see breeding Willow Tit at their northern reaches, however it comes into its own during the winter season with the migration of Pink-footed Geese from Iceland and Greenland, along with Greylag Geese and Goosanders.
The ruins of Lochmaben Castle are found on promontory at the south end of the loch and offer an added attraction to experience first-hand the important historical connections of the area. The castle is a former stronghold of the Bruce family and is reckoned to be the best example of an Edwardian (Edward I, the Hammer of the Scots) Peel left in Scotland.
In 2013 the Castle Loch was put up for sale. The Castle Loch Advisory Committee provided the basis of a local Community Trust whose aim was to purchase the Castle Loch and its environs for the Community. The steering committee successfully raised the funds needed and Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust (CLLCT) took ownership of the site in January 2014.
Other recreational facilities located on the edge of the loch are the beautiful Victory Park, a bowling green and all weather tennis courts. There is an attractive path round most of the loch, which passes Lochmaben Castle and a Bird Hide, returning to the town on a quiet lane with fine views over the water and hills. Numerous fishing piers are found along the Lochmaben to Dalton road side of the loch, while a gently sloping path down to the lochside fishing pier, enabling wheelchair users to fish at the loch, is at the A709 car park. Annandale Sailing Club is a small friendly club and the loch can provide both sheltered waters for the nervous beginner or an interesting test for those who appreciate the subtleties of inland racing. Please note that the only motorised craft allowed on the loch are those of the Sailing Club rescue boats and Water Bailiff.