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Loch Doon Gunnery School, Loch Doon

Tracked Target Range (First World War)

Site Name Loch Doon Gunnery School, Loch Doon

Classification Tracked Target Range (First World War)

Alternative Name(s) World War I

Canmore ID 194912

Site Number NX49NE 17

NGR NX 4996 9640

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Carsphairn
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

World War One Audit of Surviving Remains (12 June 2013)

At the southern end of the alleged monorail (Kirkdale Archaeology, see NS40SE 44.04), a complex of moving targets was built, for gunners under training to fire at. Its precise nature and extent is not known, but concrete pillars and made-up roadways have been recorded on the southern and western flanks of Craigencolon Hill; local tradition suggests that the northern flank of the hill also had targets erected there.

Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 12 June 2013.


Project (March 2013 - September 2013)

A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.


NX49NE 17.00 4996 9640

NX49NE 17.01 NX 4995 9654 Sewage Works

Extends onto map sheet NX59NW.

For other parts of the Gunnery School see NS40NE 78.00; NS40SE 34.00, NX49NE 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and NX49SE 36

Part of the railed target range for the Loch Doon Gunnery School built in the First World War. Elements of the target dragging system may survive in dense coniferous forest on the E side of Loch Doon. Some of the remains are visible on vertical air photographs (RAF 106G/Scot/UK 172, 3222 and 4220, flown 27 August 1946).

Information from RCAHMS (DE), August 2001.


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