Walk: Around the loch to Castle Dangerous

[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 ★★☆☆☆
▶ 2 km / 1 mile | ▲ 10 metres | ⌚ Short walk
Points of interest: Douglas; Stable Loch; Douglas Castle / Castle Dangerous
Start / finish: Street parking at north end of Main Street, Douglas village centre, G.R.: NS 837310 ///bookshelf.sugar.sand

Route: Start - track along east side of Stable Loch - Castle Dangerous - path along west side of loch - start
Terrain: Level tracks and paths; very short ascent on open grass / dirt track to reach the castle.
Wildlife today: Noisy greylag and Canada geese, mute swans, mallard and tufted ducks, sheep.
Weather today: 10°C, sunny, moderate breeze.

📌 Douglas Castle ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Sparse remains of Douglas Castle, mostly demolished after mining subsidence but immortalised in Sir Walter Scott's novel, Castle Dangerous.
Location: Northeast end of Stable Loch, 20-min walk northeast of Douglas village centre, G.R.: NS 842318 ///families.grandest.renovated
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? 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 to the castle.

[Noisy geese]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

More photos

[Polish Memorial Garden at the entrance to the park]

[Stable Loch from the outward route]

[Stable Loch]

[Stable Loch]

[Stable Loch]

[Douglas Castle]

[View northeast from Douglas Castle]

[Stable Loch from the return path]

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