Straiton Pond Local Nature Reserve

Straiton Pond Local Nature Reserve is a small wildlife haven, set amid rolling farmland, and located close to Loanhead and the Straiton Retail Park.

Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1991, this hidden gem is a fine example of industrial land reclaimed by nature.

For over a century (1850 - 1950's), the pond was a working clay pit, supplying local brickworks with blue clay. The Reserve has changed a good deal since the last clay was extracted, and is now a pretty and peaceful spot for a picnic, stroll or bird watch.

Opening Times

The Reserve is open for 365 days of the year.

Facilities and Events

  • Limited car parking on the Lang Loan Road
  • Easy circular with a surfaced path to pond and woodland areas
  • Information panels and site leaflet
  • Bird observation area
  • Special events and activities organised the Ranger Service. Pick up a Lothian's and Borders Outdoor Diary
  • Free resource boxes are available to all, from the Ranger Service, full of useful equipment to pond dip, mini beast hunt or to explore the nature of the site.
  • Free curricular based environmental education activities for schools and groups organised and led by the Ranger Service


Contact Details

Contact the Ranger Service for countryside information, events, school &  group visits and resource box hire

Getting Here

The grid reference is NT288648 on OS Land ranger series NO 66 Edinburgh Map


Servcies travel to Straiton Retail Park from where the reserve can be accessed on foot

Traveline Bus Service Information


Midlothian Ranger Service

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Vogrie Country Park
EH23 4NU

01875 821 990 (tel)