Loch Doon

Dumries & Galloway / East Ayrshire | Dalmellington | Loch | ★★★

[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 13th century 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. It seems extreme, but then again, it's not every day that you come across a castle with 11 sides.

[Loch Doon Castle]

Location & info

📌 Loch Doon ★★★
Dumfries & Galloway / East Ayrshire, G.R.: NX 498977 ///viewers.vast.indicated

>> Carrick Forest Drive ★★

📌 Loch Doon Castle ★★
By minor road near the south end of the loch, 7 mi south of Dalmellington, G.R.: NX 484950 ///restores.wiggles.placidly
Always open | Free

[Loch Doon, Black Craig behind]


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