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    Default Ken, Loch

    Loch Ken is 9-mile long freshwater loch in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It lies in the Glenkens valley, where it is fed from the north by the Water of Ken and from the west by the Dee. It continues as the Dee south from Glenlochar, where the water is held back by the Glenlochar Barrage. Part of the Galloway hydro-electric power scheme, the barrage regulates the river's flow.

    Villages around Loch Ken include Glenlochar at the south, Lauriston and Mossdale on the west side of the loch, and Crossmichael and Parton on the east. The village of New Galloway lies one mile to its north. The parish church of Balmaghie is also by the loch.

    Loch Ken is used recreationally for water skiing, fishing, and sailing, with Glenlaggan Lodges and Loch Ken Marina catering to visitors.

    A railway viaduct, once part of the Portpatrick Railway crosses the loch at Boat o' Rhone, but is now disused

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    Default Loch Ken camping trip

    Report and pics of a few days camping trip on Loch Ken.
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=4409

    Would recommend the Loch Ken Sailing School for camping - very welcoming and right on the water.

    The Red Kites are great.
    Aslan




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    Just back from Loch Ken and we stayed at the Loch Ken Holiday Park, just next to the viaduct and I really can't recommend this site highly enough.

    Everything nipping clean, very friendly and helpful staff, not to mention the other people using the site.
    You can pitch right next to the water if you wish and there is loads of space available.

    Not too commercial and nice and quiet. 10 out of 10



    We took a look at the "Galloway Activity Centre" further up the loch and unless you actually like dozens of kids and youths running around shouting and screaming, as well as feeling like a sardine in a can, I'd avoid this site.
    Expensive too, compared to the Holiday Park

    cheers

    Steve
    Last edited by rancid badger; 16th-May-2011 at 11:32 AM.


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    Does anyone know where you can put in on the water of Ken South of Earlstoun Loch for a run down into Loch Ken?
    Or where the get out is at Bridge of Dee after visiting Threave Castle?

    Thanks in advance.

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    anyone know a few decent put ins,

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    As I recall there is a car park on the A713 by the old railway bridge this is just south of the water ski area which is busy in the summer.

    There is a layby on the A762 close to a small bay at GR NX652728 - a good view can be had on Google earth street view.

    May be others on this road but not many as I remember from a few years ago.

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    thank you. Ill be going up there next week, I go further north in summer to avoid people.
    grid references for put ins rock...

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    Opposite Galloway Sailing Centre is a small bay - you can launch there with a wee carry, and park 30m back at the forest roads / tracks (room for one or two vehicles only).

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    thanks.

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