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Loch Ken is situated in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway and is a long narrow ribbon of water 12km in length and as much as 1km wide. It is part of the Galloway Hydro Electric Scheme which was completed in 1936. Part of it is an Environmentally Sensitive Area (E.S.A). Home to some of Scotland's most fascinating scenery and wildlife, the Loch makes for an ideal playground for any outdoor enthusiast. From Red Kites to Red Squirrels, Sailing to Windsurfing, Forest Walks to Fishing, there is an abundance of activity to appeal to all the family.

Loch Ken lies on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, the largest forest park in Britain, covering 300 square miles of rolling hills blended with harsh rugged scenery and various expanses of water. The park is home to an array of wildlife such as Red deer and Falcons, many of which can be seen from the Forest Wildlife Centre situated on the Raiders Road over looking Clatteringshaws Loch. Whether it's a picnic on the banks of the Otter Pool, a climb to Bruces Stone or even a trek along the Southern Upland Way, the park has something to offer everybody.

Loch Ken benefits from prevailing South-Westerly winds which provide Gulf Stream warmth and steady, moderate strength - perfect for learning your sailing skills! On the rare days of still air, Loch Ken enjoys a reliable sea-breeze which usually arrives just after lunch.

Further down Loch Ken from GSC is a sports-boat marina with a designated water-ski zone, and fishing is popular both from boat & bank. The Loch Ken Holiday Park offers a Scottish Tourist Board approved 4 Star Caravan Site, nearby. With all these facilities, it is still a tranquil and relaxing place - where you can do as little or as much as you want!