About The Loch
Coldingham Loch is a natural spring fed 22 acre loch set in approx 60 acres of land & the holiday cottages are scattered around the site. The loch is one of Scotland’s oldest established fisheries and has a well earned reputation for being a fantastic place to enjoy a top quality days fishing and/or a fabulous holiday. And there is the added advantage of being free from biting midges!
It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it is the only Eutrophic loch (naturally nutrient rich loch) in the Scottish Borders. The following information is taken from the SSSI citation detailing the loch’s special features.
‘Coldingham Loch lies approximately 3 km north-east of Coldingham near the cliff top of the Berwickshire coast, and is the only naturally nutrient rich loch in the Scottish Borders. The location of the loch so close to the sea is a rare feature in eastern lowland Britain, giving the loch unusual chemical and biological features.
At the south and west shores of the loch there are emergent and floating plants and to the western end is a fen, which itself encloses a small area of water. There is a small amount of willow growth around the loch shores, with most of the shore grading into rock outcrops and rough grassland.
The loch supports a representative range of vascular plant species, including the rare slender-leaved pondweed Potamogeton filiformis. Locally rare species include the aquatic plant horned pondweed Zannichellia palustris and fen plant greater spearwort Ranunculus lingua. Two locally rare species of dragonfly have been recorded at the loch, and in the water there are land-locked distinct morphotypes of stickleback.
Although not notified features, the site is also locally important for a wide range of wintering wildfowl, geese and waders including long-tailed duck, whooper swan, widgeon, pink-footed and greylag geese. ‘
Additionally the Loch enjoys close proximity to some truly ancient settlements. A few hundred metres north of the north end of the loch you can find the site of two hill forts and an enclosure ‘Tun Law’. This settlement is thought to be Iron Age or earlier and overlooks the Loch at the highest point from the North between the Loch and the cliffs giving some superb panoramic views across the landscape.
Around the Loch
There is an abundance of fauna and flora around the loch and cottages. Many guests enjoy the wide variety of bird and wildlife – deer, badgers, hares, rabbits, foxes and otters all reside here and have been seen by many of our guests. The wild flowers can be enjoyed by guests too – water, woodland, and meadow flowers & grasses can be found and enjoyed all around the site. See our photo galleries of pictures taken by holiday guests.