Duddingston Loch is the only example of a natural freshwater loch in the City of Edinburgh. It is an important site for breeding and wintering wildfowl and includes areas of mixed woodland, scrub, grassland and reedbeds. Otters have been spotted swimming along the shore in winter.
The northern side is accessible all year. Access to the bird hide on the southern side is by prior arrangement through the Trust's head office.
The reserve lies just under 2 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, at the southern end of Holyrood Park and south of Duddingston village.
The northern shore is accessible from the car park just west of Duddingston village. Access to the southern shore is through a locked gate and is by prior arrangement only.
Northern shore is open all year round. Access to the southern shore is by prior arrangement with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (registered number SC040247), having its registered office at