Scottish Flyfisher

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Ayrshire

Loch Doon


Loch Doon is situated about 3 miles east of the town of Dalmellington, 18 miles east of Ayr. The car park is just over 1 mile east of Dalmellington next to the road signed A713 to Castle Douglas & Dumfries. From here, it is about two miles to Loch Doon Dam.


About two miles from the car park you reach Loch Doon Dam. The dam was built in 1935 for generating hydro-electricity. This is the largest inland loch in Southern Scotland, about 7 miles long. 


The largest loch in Galloway, Loch Doon is 6 miles long, when fishing Loch Doon there are plenty of brown trout, arctic charr and perch to be caught.  Currently it is free to fish the loch


In front of the Roundhouse Cafe is a camping site, free of charge. There is also space for a few camper vans in this area. There are a few campsites like this along the loch that are now patrolled by a Ranger to make sure they remain tidy.


The only caravans allowed at Loch Doon just now are at the new 50 pitch Touring Caravan Site, a few hundred yards south of the Roundhouse Cafe. The park is run by the Loch Doon Caravan Club and has about 22 pitches for visitors. 


The shingle beach at the Roundhouse Cafe is ideal for launching small boats or canoes. You have to bring your own vessel just now, but it is expected there will be boats or canoes for hire here soon.


There are a number of bank fishing spots all along the loch. Brown Trout are the main fish in the loch.