Lochmaben Castle

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Lochmaben Castle: The much reduced remains of a royal castle originally built by the English in the 14th century. The castle was extensively rebuilt during the reign of James IV (1488-1513). Largely dismantled after its capture by James VI in 1588. View exterior only. The extensive remains of earthworks, including a rectangular 'peel' (timber palisaded enclosure) built by Edward I of England, are visible around the masonry castle.

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Dumfriesshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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The site is popular with locals for birdwatching and sailing, and the ruins of Lochmaben Castle are an added attraction. Castle Loch is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Ramsar Site and Special Protection Area, and is internationally important as a winter roost for Icelandic/Greenland Pink-footed Geese, and nationally important for Greylag Geese and Goosanders. It also attracts other wildfowl and is a regular breeding site for Willow Tits, Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings. An area of mature deciduous woodland has established on the drier ground but the site's significance relates chiefly to the open water, reedbeds and marshes. Access to the hide is from a path near the castle.


Permits are available at Lochmaben from the Post Office and Halleaths Caravan Site. Coarse fish that occur include Pike, Perch, Chub, Roach, Bream and a Roach-Bream hybrid. All fish caught must be returned to the loch.


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On the shore of Lochmaben Loch 1.5m from Lochmaben on the B7020.


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