Loch Doon

[North end of Loch Doon, seen from Glessel Hill]

Stretching about 10 kilometres from Ness Glen in the north to beyond Carrick Forest Drive in the south, Loch Doon is southern Scotland's largest loch. Although now a reservoir and surrounded by forestry plantations, this is remote country - at the far end you're a long way from the nearest shop or petrol station. A winding road follows the western shoreline with views into the wild interior of Galloway Forest Park, the Rhinns of Kells hill range prominent above swathes of trees. Keep heading south and you'll reach a castle with a difference: when the water level was raised in 1935 most of the ruin was transported, brick-by-brick, from an island in the middle of the loch (now underwater) to the safety of the mainland.

[Loch Doon Castle]

Name: Loch Doon ★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NX 498977 ///viewers.vast.indicated

>> see separate post for Carrick Forest Drive ☆☆☆

Name: Loch Doon Castle ☆☆☆
Description: Unusual, 11-sided, 13th century ruin, re-erected here before the hydro-electric scheme submerged its original island location in Loch Doon.
Location: Minor road near the south end of the loch, G.R.: NX 484950 ///restores.wiggles.placidly
Open: Always
Cost: Free

[Loch Doon, Black Craig behind]

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