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Loch Neldricken
Loch Neldricken.JPG
The loch with Craignaw in the background.
Location Galloway, Scotland
Coordinates 55°07′00″N 4°26′20″W / 55.11667°N 4.43889°W / 55.11667; -4.43889Coordinates: 55°07′00″N 4°26′20″W / 55.11667°N 4.43889°W / 55.11667; -4.43889
Type freshwater loch
Primary outflows Mid Burn
Basin countries United Kingdom
Surface elevation ~350 m (1,150 ft)

Loch Neldricken is a loch in Galloway to the south-east of Merrick, south of Craig Neldricken and west of Craignaw. The loch is almost bisected by a long promontory. It drains via the short Mid Burn into Loch Valley and then via Gairland Burn down to Loch Trool.

An inlet at the west of the loch is marked on maps as 'Murder Hole' and features in SR Crockett's The Raiders. However, the original 'Murder Hole' was a well on the Glen Trool to Straiton road where the bodies of travellers who had been robbed and murdered were dumped and Crockett moved the location for his book.

The loch has suffered from acidification but has recovered to some extent, with the pH increasing from around 4.4 in 1978 to 5.4 in 2003. Between 1983 and 2003 the loch's DOC levels increased.

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