Danskine Loch

Brief description of fishery:

This small and beautiful loch is one of Scotland’s original “wildie” waters – located within an a SSSI.

Sadly, the original stock is greatly depleted due to major losses from an unknown cause in the early ’90s, and it is not known how many remain. In 2005, the SCG re-stocked with wild carp and more recently with common and mirror carp which have been caught to over 20lb. There are also roaches and a large head of perch which includes some good specimens over 2lbs. Disabled access is difficult as the track around the loch is often muddy and access to individual swims can be tough.  The lochside is overgrown in places so be prepared to deal with areas of the jungle. However, there are many accessible swims particularly near the car park end of the loch which regularly produce good quality fish.  This is a venue to test your angling skills in trying to catch carp that are used to tranquility.  If you desire peace and quiet then Danskine is a water you should definitely visit.

A key is required for access to the car park, these can be purchased from the Products Section of ClubMate at a cost of £6.50 which includes postage and packaging.

No fishing from 10th November to the 7th February each year as it is used for shooting during this time.

Special Rules for this fishery:

• Barbless hooks only (you may use hooks with the barb crushed).
• NO VEHICLES under any circumstances to be taken any further than the car park.
• Access to the loch & car park is via a locked gate, you must purchase a key to gain entry. No cars are to be parked on the road.
• Strictly NO FIRES and NO DOGS
• No fishing between 10th November to the 7th February (Closed for shooting)
• Keep out of the woods on the outside of the track at all times


Danskine Loch is situated just north of the B6355 near Gifford in East Lothian.  Set your SatNav using the postcode EH41 4PJ to find this quiet, remote, and peaceful venue.  Mobile phones can have a limited use here so prepare for this when fishing the venue.

Access & Parking

Members should park in the area through the locked gate.  Always lock the gate after entering the car park and again when leaving. You will require a key available for £6.50 (which includes postage and packing) and can be bought online in the Products Section of Clubmate.



  • Common Carp
  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Roach