On a dry day…
Enjoy a walk all the way around Castle Loch taking in the varying views, birds and wildlife and the ruins of Lochmaben Castle.
It is now possible to walk a full loop of the loch (approx. 3 miles) following the opening of the Leader/Trust funded path and footbridge along the eastern side of the loch.
View the wood carvings along the Castle Loch Sculpure Trail running through the woods down the western side of the loch and on to the castle. Look out for a heron, dragonfly, vendace fish and Robert the Bruce.
Why not link your walk into the Town Trail? Taking time to stop off for a bite to eat in one of the cafes or pubs.
Bring along a picnic or buy some sandwiches from the bakery in Lochmaben and have your lunch at one of the woodland benches while soaking up the sounds of nature.
Leaflets also available from Lochmaben Post Office and library.
Why not have a go at a Castle Loch Scavenger Hunt or Quiz:
Along the way you can explore the history and wildlife of the loch with these two quiz sheets.
The scavenger hunt sheet is a great way for small children to look out for nature while improving their word and number recognition.
There are two forest school areas at Castle Loch, ideal for taking small groups of children so they can experience the outdoors. The Forest School and Kindergarten School can be found along the woodland path running down the west side of the loch. The nearest car park is on the lochside near the bowls and tennis club on the Dalton road out of Lochmaben. Why not have a go a den building, looking for leaves and flowers or just lay down and look up at the tree canopy?