Do you ever visit somewhere and I think WOW I think this might be the most beautiful place I have ever been to? I’ve now found that place, Clatteringshaws Loch is just that place for me. 

We were staying in Scotland for Christmas and being the first time visiting Scotland we were so excited to visit so many new places. Being from Hampshire which is beautiful in its own way, we’ve never seen scenery like this before. When we drove past Clatteringshaws Loch the first time, we were blown away. It’s just so beautiful. 

We visited Clatteringshaws Loch on a cold frosty Christmas Eve and everything was dusted with little icicles. The birds were still flying around, and they are super brave! This little robin came right up to our feet hoping we had some food I’m sure! 

During the winter Clatteringshaws Loch visitor centre is on reduced opening hours, opening at weekends. Although even though we visited on a weekend, over the Christmas period it shuts completely then. There were a few people coming to visit the loch, but it was pretty quiet. We didn’t mind one bit though as it meant the loch was super still and providing that amazing reflection of the hills. 

You couldn’t tell where the land met the water, I have never seen that before. 

I am so pleased we visited on the day we did, with the frost and beautiful blue sky, Clatteringshaws Loch really did look it’s best. 

This is a perfect place to visit if you’re not able to walk far or children with little legs. There is a little walk of a mile, which is very flat open and easy. This takes you down to a large stone, this is in memory of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland.

Bruce took refuge in the Galloway hills soon after he was crowned during the Wars of Scottish Independence in 1307. There is a large stone beside the Loch which is said to be where he rested after his battle. We also visited another one of his stones at Loch Trool. 

We spent about an hour at Clatteringshaws Loch, but when the visitor centre and cafe are open it would be a lovely place to stop and eat, with picnic benches overlooking this view! 

Parking is cash only, have a look at the Forestry Commission website for up to date prices. 

My only regret is that our evenings were clear enough for us to come back to see the stars, as a registered dark sky area it would have been amazing. 

If you want to see everything we got up to during our week in Scotland, head over to this blog post on our Scotland for Christmas.





  1. Scotland is such a gorgeous country with such great scenery as confirmed by Clatteringshaws, we’ve driven past it many times.

    • Its great for the kids as they don’t walk in a straight line!! So it’s always longer for them

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