Royal Burgh of Kinghorn - for residents and visitors alike

Kinghorn Loch Users Group.

Kinghorn Loch suffered from prolonged algal blooms for many years, present from Spring to mid-Winter.  The water was often “Mediterranean blue” and cloudy.  Some blue-green algae could be present.  

In 2001 the community council action group decided to try using barley straw to reduce the blooms.  The general guidance was adapted to build six rafts (Lochframes - designed by the group) each of which holds one large round bail of barley straw, split up into a loose heap on the raft. The six rafts are loaded in February and August each year.

We are very grateful to J.Cochran Ltd of Banchory Farm for the kind donation of barley straw on each occasion.

The method has proved successful with few blooms occurring and failing within days.  The water is often completely clear.

From 2012 it has become necessary to repair a few of the barley straw rafts, just through wear and tear.  The jetty has also needed some treatment in replacing the original screws with more robust stainless screws and allowing more movement in the boards.  I feel that the manufacturers of these recycled plastic boards did not appreciate the amount of movement that would occur.

We also made a nesting platform for the swans in 2012 but this was destroyed by ferocious weather.  We are looking in 2014 to try with a more robust design.

See the Craigencalt Trust website for all the details.

Barley straw frame plans


Barley Straw treatment for algal blooms.

Kinghorn Loch Users Group is a working group of CRCT and the following bodies are invited to participate:

Kirkcaldy Canoe Club

Kinghorn Sailing Club

Craigencalt Farm

The Ecology Centre

Scottish Carp Group


Rio Tinto Alcan Ltd

Fife Council

It works to represent the interests of all users of the loch and surrounding areas.


Ron Edwards


Marilyn Edwards (01592 891330)

Minutes of meetings are available on the CRCT website.

Who are we?

The launching area (jetty) at the lochside was completed in October 2007 and it looks great. “Plaswood” (recycled polythene) decking was used for launching areas, and lawns and seats for people to sit and relax.  Fife Council has installed life-belt stations.  Funding of £14000 was given by Burntisland Development Trust, Fife Environment Trust, Kinghorn Common Good and Alcan Ltd.

Project Manager

Alan Henderson.

The jetty was opened at our Come & Try day in October 2007

The great success of our first Come & Try Day in October 2007 has led to it being made an annual event - held in early May each year to get the sporting season off to a great start and introduce people (particularly children) to these sports and the countryside.

Youngsters (at 80 year old) trying canoeing for the first time.

Kinghorn Loch Users Group is a  part of Craigencalt Rural Community Trust (CRCT), a charity dedicated to the maintenance and enhancement of the countryside around Kinghorn.  There are many projects on the go on Kinghorn Loch and the paths.  If you would like to get involved with practical projects please contact CRCT. Become a Friend of the Trust for a donation of £5 a year and get involved with improving our wonderful setting.  Besides presentations on our history, heritage and ecology, you can bring the children and all try your hand at Come & Try Days and the like as well.

CRCT is dedicated to everyone working together for the betterment of the area.   It represents residents, visitors, walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, bird watchers, fishermen, watersports enthusiasts, landowners and interested others.  It has no association  at all with Kinghorn Community Land Association (KCLA).

Kinghorn Community website works with CRCT to welcome visitors and residents to enjoy this beautiful countryside and watery pursuits.  Some linked pages are on the CRCT website.