Years ago, the local loch (Loch Gelly), which our town derives its name from, was well used by the local community. Old pictures depict a very busy Loch used for family outings, picnics and fishing. More recently it was still being used for watersports such as Jet Skis and Water Skiing that would launch from the Boathouse, while members from the local community still enjoyed exploring the Loch and also going fishing.

Nowadays, it is a different matter entirely, the boathouse lies derelict and the jetty is also in ruin. People still visit the Loch, and horse riders from one of the local farms frequent the area. We do not know if much people still fish in the area, or how good the fishing is, but people still value the area, as a nice piece of countryside to enjoy and all the local heritage associated with Loch Gelly.

When the local bypass was built, this separated the Loch from our town, but it is still easily accessible by going down the farm road at the top of Hamilton Street (Hammie Brae) or by crossing the Motorway Bridge near Andrews Antennas, a much busier option.

Currently the Loch stands neglected, but it look likes an entrepreneur [admin note: we are using the word “entrepreneur” as the person is seeking to develop a project, we do not know if this is a private venture or non profit venture, apologies for any confusion], Mr Wilson, wishes to change all that. We discovered on the WhatDoTheyKnow site a Freedom of Information request asking for the ownership details of the Loch.

My plan is to find out who owns it, then come to some sort of agreement with them to reopen it as a fishery and begin stocking it again, also possibly bring back water sports through time.

Sourced: www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/who_owns_lochgelly_loch

We feel this would be an excellent opportunity for Lochgelly to capitilise on its assests, you only have to look at Lochore Meadows (the Meedies) to see the potential of Loch Gelly. The Meedies started from humble beginnings and is now widely used by the local areas and is a legitimate and well used tourist destination.

We are not saying this has the same scale and size potential of the Meedies, but we do believe this will be of benefit to the local area, and provide a better usage for Loch Gelly rather than let it go to waste. Also this development, if successful, will help protect the land for the local community to enjoy for future generations to come.

If anyone knows who owns the local Loch, and would like to share that information with us, please post in the comments below, or contact us.

Also if you would like to provide any feedback, or let us know what you think of Loch Gelly, why not share it with our other users below or post on our forum.

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28 Comments

  1. Christine Beveridge

    June 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Hi, I think this has come up in response to my original enquiry to you. I currently have ordered a search of the land registry for Scotland to find out ownership of the Loch and the land around it. I am pleased to see that other people are having ideas too. However my thoughts were more in line with somehow getting the Loch back into use for local people. Lochgelly is still very deprived and we would be able to apply to a range of Scottish, UK and European regeneration projects. I have no objection to a profit being made but this should be put back into the pot. A charity would be a better idea than a business approach. The Loch has the potential to be used all year round for a wide range of activities some of which could provide benefits for the local economy. How about forming a working party to look at this some more?

    Christine Beveridge

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    • thomas johnstone

      March 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      own the loch

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  2. A. Reid

    June 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I would support a project that would finally put the loch to good use.

    I have heard that it could be the Wemyss estate, lord, earl?!?! that has ownership of the loch.

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    • thomas johnstone

      March 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      I own the loch if you would like to help e-mail me.

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  3. Lochgelly

    June 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm


    Christine Beveridge:

    Hi, I think this has come up in response to my original enquiry to you.

    Hi Christine, thanks for your comment, one of our volunteers has asked me to reply as they were unsure if this reply is intended for the Lochgelly site group or Mr Wilson who made the freedom of info request.

    Also I noticed you are proposing a not for profit basis for the Loch rather than a business model. We have no idea if Mr Wilson is seeking to make a profit or just get the Loch back into use.

    We used the term “entrepreneur” in the sense that the person is actively trying to develop something with the Loch, and sorry if the term we used is misleading, we were originally going to use “social entrepreneur”, but we didn’t know whether he is looking to create the project for profit or non profit.

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  4. sam

    June 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    The Loch is privately owned by Wemyss Estate

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  5. Christine Beveridge

    June 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks so much for all of this information. Does anybody have any background on the relationship between the Wemyss family and the town?

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  6. peter hamtavish

    August 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I would like to see the loch viable again, as I have fond memories of the loch when I was younger, there is one major drawback in that the water has very high mercury levels, this has already scuppered another persons idea of turning the loch into a fishery.

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    • Thief Horseman Pouter

      October 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Wonder where all this Mercury came from, had no problem’s with it when i was a youngster. Think we may hve to look closer at Mossmoran maybe.

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  7. mike

    April 26, 2011 at 2:22 am

    was looking to use the loch for my jst ski but was unsure who owned it, thanks to this artical i will be phoning wemyes estate to ask permition to ski on it.

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    • Lochgelly

      April 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

      good luck, let us know how you get on, it would be good to see the Loch get used again 😉

      Reply

  8. Beatman

    June 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Hey, are you any farther on on the skiing on the lake? I have a boat and would be very intrested in that..

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    • Lochgelly

      June 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

      We haven’t had any updates on what is happening with the Loch and what is allowed. We will try to find out if skiing is allowed on the Loch and post back when we get some info.

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  9. RabG

    April 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    hi folks, anyone got any news about the loch..
    im looking for a place to use for water skiing..

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    • Lochgelly

      April 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Hi, your best bet would be to contact the Wemyss Estate for permission to use the Loch. You can contact them on:

      Wemyss 1952 Trustees,
      The Red House,
      Wemyss Castle,
      Castle Drive,
      Coaltown Of Wemyss,
      Kirkcaldy, KY1 4TE

      Hope that helps and please let us know how you get on.

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      • thomas johnstone

        March 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        I own the loch lord laird gave me it years ago when i worked with him.

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  10. beatman

    May 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Has anybody made any progress regarding skiing on the loch yet or contacted the estate?

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    • Lochgelly

      May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      We’ve never had any feedback from those that were going to contact the estate. There is a new environmental group being formed to improve Lochgelly and the Loch for better access. If you are interested in being involved you can contact the LCDF on 01592 783 442.

      We will be providing an update in the next couple of weeks regarding the Loch and environmental group as we are planning on a public meeting.

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  11. Beatman

    May 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I was passing the loch today and took the liberty to pop down and have a closer look. Obviously the pontoon and boat house is in disrepair but from my point of view there would be a lot of interest from people looking for a fresh water outlet on which to ski and partake in water sports. There not anywhere in fife that isn’t saltwater in which you can use your own boat and I know of a lot if people who travel far and wide to the likes of loch Tay and lomond for this privelege. Obviously loch telly has a long history of water sports and I believe it could bring a lot of people to the town. The one major obstacle with this is no obviously concrete slipway and parking so obviously there would have to be some investment in this area. I would be happy to join the environmental group to discuss this more. Hope to hear from you soon.

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    • Lochgelly

      May 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Beatman, thanks for commenting. We got pictures of the boathouse a few months back, it had been a few years since I had been down there and was surprised at the mess it was in but the area did have potential. If permission was granted to redevelop certain parts of the Loch, there is the potential to include a small parking area and there is plenty of funding available for the right project.

      If you want to send me an email, or to the LCDF (info@lcdf.org.uk), with your contact details, we’ll get in touch when the first meeting is planned and any other related info. We will be posting details on the site as well, so you can wait till then, whatever you prefer 😉

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      • Beatman

        May 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

        Sure I’ll do that asbid be interested to be involved. What’s ur email?

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  12. chbeveridge

    November 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Sorry, I was all up for this in a big way until I Saw Mossmoran flare a couple of times!

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    • Lochgelly

      November 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

      We won’t be developing any project at the Gelly Loch anymore, which is a shame, as we spent over a year conducting research at identifying the local wildlife, connecting with other individuals, identifying funders, and getting a 42 page business plan put together that was going to be presented to the community this November. Seeing the wind farm, hearing the noise produced, watching how the birds interact with the wind farm, as well as the impacts from Mossmorran, we feel that the project is a non-starter for the foreseeable future.

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  13. Leanda

    February 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    My aunt and uncle used to own it. jimmy and Margaret Gardner. tHey sold it to a man in the late 60s.

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  14. tony

    March 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    has every one forgot about the loch or has it been brushed under the carpet
    A quick and easy start would be to have a walk way installed around it to allow people to appreciate the loch and surrounding area then open up the field where the road entrance is for car parking and repair the existing stairs down to the water side i feel that the council and the ranger service could help with this or maybe a action committee should be formed regarding trying to raise funds and to apply for funding from other authorities

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  15. Christina Marnoch Scally

    April 28, 2017 at 10:46 am

    OK I’m commenting on this post from years ago. Has anybody actually read the comments from Thomas Johnstone. He has said in his comments that he owns the loch. If anyone wad/is still interested would it not be a good place to start by contacting this man. He then might be able to tell yoi aboit the loch and what can and can’t be done

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