Birnie & Gaddon Lochs, Collessie

Birnie and Gaddon Lochs near Collessie were excavated during the 1980's and 1990's as sand and gravel quarries and have been restored to provide a home for a huge range of bird and plant species.

The two lochs are joined by a network of paths with plenty of rest areas and a picnic site at the main car park which offers excellent views across Birnie Loch. We also maintain two bird hides at the site, keys are available on request. The site is ideal for family recreational use including walking, bird watching and picnics.

While the site is predominately open water surrounded by sparse woodland it also includes smaller areas of wetland and grassland habitats that help attract a variety of wildlife. As well as the excellent bird watching opportunities there’s a chance to spot some of Fife’s rare mammals including red squirrel, otter and bats.

Water sports and fishing are prohibited and we ask that dogs are kept on short leads to avoid disturbance of breeding birds and livestock.

The car park can be found by taking the Collessie junction off the A91 if travelling from Cupar to Auchtermuchty. Hide keys are available at a charge of £5.00 including postage and packaging. For further information on obtaining keys please contact us on 01592 656080.

We are very interested to hear your views on our sites. We'd appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes to complete this form and help the site ranger continue to improve the site for all to enjoy.

Grid Ref: NO285126
Postcode: KY15 7UT
Size: 28.20 ha

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  • Footpaths
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Wildlife
  • Livestock
  • Bird Hides
  • Loch


  • For more information, please contact the local ranger Bob Weston; Bob.weston@fifecountryside.co.uk, 07951 241909.
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