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Castle Loch
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Castle Loch is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Castle Loch
Castle Loch
Location in Dumfries and Galloway
Location Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Coordinates 54°50′58″N 4°40′13″W / 54.8495°N 4.67030°W / 54.8495; -4.67030
Type freshwater loch
Primary inflows several small burns
Primary outflows Castle Loch burn
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 1.25 mi (2.01 km)
Max. width 0.5 mi (0.80 km)
Surface area 92.5 ha (229 acres)
Average depth 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Max. depth 11 ft (3.4 m)
Water volume 65,000,000 cu ft (1,800,000 m3)
Shore length1 6.4 km (4.0 mi)
Surface elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Islands 2 islets
Official name: Castle Loch, Lochmaben
Designated: 15 March 1996
Reference #: 796
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Castle Loch is a shallow eutrophic loch covering an area of around 100 hectares in the town of Lochmaben in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It lies to the west of Mochrum Loch and has 2 islets. The ruined Lochmaben Castle lies at the southern end of the loch.


The loch was surveyed in 1903 by James Murray and later charted as part of Sir John Murray's Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.

Wildlife and conservation

Castle Loch is an important over-wintering location for the pink-footed goose and the goosander. It has been recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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