Port Logan Fish Pond – Port Logan, Scotland - Atlas Obscura
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Port Logan Fish Pond

Port Logan, Scotland

The oldest natural aquarium in the United Kingdom. 

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Situated by the sea and not far from the town of Port Logan itself is the Port Logan Fish Pond. When visitors approach the pond, they will notice a concrete structure at the end of a gravel path beside the sea. This unique attraction was opened during the 1800s and originally operated as a fish larder.

The water in the pond is naturally changed by the tide via a filter. There is a wide variety of fish on display and they are commonly renewed. The fish are surprisingly tame, and when you visit you will be able to see them eating out of one of the hands of guides. The sea is surprisingly choppy down in this part of Scotland and waves commonly breach the walls of the Fish Pond.

Attached to the fish pond is the gatehouse and keepers cottage, and just across the path is a bathing hut. All of the buildings were built around the same period. The owners of the pond love to educate visitors on the marine life in the aquarium. This is known as the oldest natural aquarium in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world.

Know Before You Go

There is adequate parking at the pond, with a short walk to the entrance. There is a small entrance fee to get in and view the fish. Check the opening times before traveling. It's also well worth checking out Logan Botanic Gardens when in the area, as well as the most southernly point in Scotland-The Mull of Galloway.

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