Walk: Around the loch to Castle Dangerous

South Lanarkshire | Douglas | Short walk | ★★

[Track around Stable Loch on the outward route]

Separated by a loch from the outskirts of Douglas, South Lanarkshire are the remains of Douglas Castle: the once great residence belonging to the rich and powerful clan which gave the village its name. Sir Walter Scott used the mansion as inspiration for his 1831 novel, Castle Dangerous - before the building ironically became unsafe following mining subsidence and had to be demolished in 1938. The single surviving tower is anything but dramatic, but forms a landmark on the pleasant, easy stroll around Stable Loch: popular with ducks, geese and dog walkers.

[Remains of Douglas Castle / Castle Dangerous]

📌 Walk: Around the loch to Castle Dangerous ★★
Start / finish at north end of Main Street (street parking), Douglas village centre, G.R.: NS 837310 ///bookshelf.sugar.sand

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 10 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Douglas; Stable Loch; Douglas Castle / Castle Dangerous
Terrain: Level tracks and paths; very short ascent on open grass / dirt track to reach the castle.

Route & map

Start - track along east side of Stable Loch - Castle Dangerous - path along west side of loch - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Noisy greylag and Canada geese, mute swans, mallard and tufted ducks, sheep.
Weather: 10°C, sunny, moderate breeze.

Also on this walk

📌 Douglas Castle
Northeast end of Stable Loch, 20-min walk northeast of Douglas village centre, G.R.: NS 842318 ///families.grandest.renovated
Always open | Free

Anything else? Castle is best visited as part of the short walk described here, though it's possible to drive a little way around Stable Loch to reduce the amount of walking required.

Chronological photo guide

[Polish Memorial Garden at the entrance to the park]

[Stable Loch from the outward route]

[Track around Stable Loch on the outward route]

[Stable Loch]

[Stable Loch]

[Stable Loch]

[Remains of Douglas Castle / Castle Dangerous]

[Douglas Castle]

[View northeast from Douglas Castle]

[Noisy geese]

[Stable Loch from the return path]

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