Craigluscar West Reservoir

(Craigluscar Middle Reservoir)

A lower of two adjacent reservoirs built in the 1880s on the southeastern slopes of Craigluscar Hill in W Fife, Craigluscar West Reservoir (sometimes Craigluscar Middle Reservoir) is located 1¼ miles (2 km) northeast of Gowkhall and 2½ miles (4 km) northwest of Dunfermline. Retained by an earth embankment dam, it represented an extension to the original East Reservoir, opened in 1869 for the supply of drinking-water to Dunfermline. The West Reservoir was the work of Dunfermline Corporation, who had bought out the privately-owned Dunfermline Water Company in 1865. It is connected to Craigluscar Compensation reservoir on the opposite side of Craigluscar Road. Today, both the West and East reservoirs are redundant, but still used by Dunfermline Artisan Angling Club (established 1893) as a trout fishery. They have a combined area of 10.6 ha (26 acres).

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