Yetholm Loch

Important notice

Please note that Yetholm Loch is no longer a Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve. The 25 year reserve agreement between the Scottish Wildlife Reserve and the 3 owners came to an end on 31st July 2019.

Yetholm Loch, on the edge of the Cheviots, is an important area for breeding and wintering wildfowl. At the southern end of the loch is a wetland habitat of willow carr, fen and swamp that attracts birds such as reed bunting, snipe and curlew. Nationally and locally rare plants grow in this area.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Breeding birds
  • Wintering wildfowl
  • Otters

Best time to visit?

  • Mar to Jun for breeding birds
  • Jun and Jul for wildflowers

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • mammals
  • wetland

Other information

A path leads to a hide for viewing birdlife and spotting otters.


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How to get there


From Kelso, follow the B6352 south east. About 1.25 miles before Town Yetholm, turn right onto the narrow road to Lochside, where you will soon see a layby on the left for parking.

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Getting onto the reserve

From the layby, go through the gate and follow the path (partly a boardwalk) to a bird hide on the western edge of Yetholm Loch.

Access restrictions

A path is maintained from the layby to the bird hide. To keep disturbance to a minimum, it is recommended that visitors do not enter the wetland habitats at the southern end of the reserve.

Nearest town
Kelso (8 mi / 12.9 km)
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About Yetholm Loch

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Hoselaw Loch and Din MossBemersyde Moss

Local group
Central Borders

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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