Loch of the Lowes

A large freshwater loch with a diverse aquatic flora, fringed by areas of fen, reedbeds and semi-natural woodland. From early April to late August, a pair of breeding ospreys nest close to the observation hides.

Perthshire education programme

The Trust's Perthshire Ranger runs a full and varied education programme. Click here for details.

Curlew © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Pair of breeding ospreys
  • See red squirrels, fallow & roe deer
  • Bird feeders from viewing window
  • Children's nature activities

Best time to visit?

  • Apr-Aug for ospreys
  • Mar-Nov for red squirrels
  • All year round for wildfowl
  • Anytime for bird feeders & deer

Visit for:

  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching

Directions

The reserve is situated 16 miles north of Perth and two miles north-east of Dunkeld, just off the A923 Dunkeld to Blairgowrie road (signposted from the A9). The car-park is situated at the roadside 120m from the Centre, and is linked by a wheelchair-friendly path. Visitors can also walk from Dunkeld using the Fungarth Walk, which is about two miles in length.

Getting onto the reserve

Follow the access track to the disabled car-park and Visitor Centre.

Getting round this reserve

Only guide dogs are permitted at the Visitor Centre. No fishing is permitted at Loch of the Lowes at any time of year to protect its wildlife and rare underwater flora.

Visitor Centre opening times

1 Nov to 29 Feb: open Fri to Sun only from 10.30 am to 4 pm

1 Mar to 31 Oct: open daily from 10 am to 5 pm

Closed 23 to 25 Dec & 30 Dec to 1 January

Contact details

T 01350 727 337
E lochofthelowes@swt.org.uk

 

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