Birnie & Gaddon Lochs

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

The two lochs are joined by paths with plenty of rest areas. There are excellent views across Birnie Loch from the picnic site at the main car park. We also maintain two bird hides at the site and access is available on request. Birnie and Gaddon Lochs are 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.

We ask that dogs are kept on short leads to avoid disturbance of breeding birds and livestock. Please note that watersports and fishing are prohibited.

If travelling from Cupar to Auchtermuchty, the car park can be found by taking the Collessie junction off the A91. Please contact us on 01592 656080 for access to the hide.

Please be aware that if you are walking a dog at Birnie and Gaddon, you should not let it disturb wildlife including breeding birds. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides more information on enjoying outdoor spaces with your dog.

If you enjoy Birnie & Gaddon Lochs, you might also like Cameron Reservoir, which is a Special Protection Area on account of its wintering waterfowl.



  • Overnight capacity: 4 vehicles only
  • Parking Charge Overnight: £5 (payment via the honesty box)
  • Parking Charge Daytime: Under 2 hours free / All day parking £2 (payment via honesty box)
  • Disabled Parking Daytime: Free
  • Parking Machine: Cash & card
  • Overnight Toilets: No
  • Daytime Opening Hours: April – September 07:00 – 22:00/October – March 07:00 – 20:00