In line with Scottish Government guidance our visitor centre, hides and car park are closed until further notice. Please do not visit the site until we re-open. This is to protect staff on site. Thank you for your patience.
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve covers 130 hectares near Dunkeld. From early April to late August, the star attraction is a pair of breeding ospreys, which nest just 150 metres from our observation hide.
Address: Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld PH8 0HH
A range of new measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines to keep you and our staff and volunteers safe. This includes pre-booked entry of limited duration, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations. Please do not visit if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit.
During your visit, we ask you to please:
- Keep your distance from others (at least 2m)
- Wear a face covering in hides and the visitor centre
- Use the hand sanitising stations provided
- Wash your hands often
- Pay by contactless wherever possible
N.B. Bookable time slots are for 1 hour and 30 minutes only. Please arrive at the start of the time slot; 10:30, 12:45 or 14:30 to get the most from your entry.
Book your ticket
Information we collect from visitors to the Trust, via our booking systems, will also be used to support the NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and we will disclose relevant personal information to the service if requested up to 21 days following your visit. For more details, please click here.
Any questions? If you have a question about your ticket or would like information on moving timeslots/refunds, please email email@example.com
Planning your visit
Please check ahead to make sure the centre is open. It may be subject to temporary closure due to a local lockdown or bad weather. If this occurs and you have pre-booked you will be notified and refunded. Please note that we are open Friday – Sunday during the winter months.
Christmas 2020: We are operating as normal until 20th December. As Scotland is going into tier 4 from Boxing Day, the visitor centre will be closed after this date.
Our visitor centre has reopened complete with a new look viewing window. We have temporarily closed the Crannog Hide but there is limited access to the double storey hide.
Our woodland path remains accessible and open to all with a new children’s trail.
Access to the children’s hide will be limited and may be subject to closure for cleaning between family visits.
Food and drink
The self service hot drinks machine is still available but now operated by staff and volunteers only. Individually wrapped snacks and ice cream are also available. Please note we are accepting card payments only.
You are welcome to bring your own picnic to eat at our outdoor picnic area. Please dispose of your rubbish responsibly in the bins provided. Barbecues and gas stoves are not permitted.
The centre shop will be open, accepting card payments only. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn at all times. Scottish Wildlife Trust Members receive a 10% discount on all shop purchases.
Scottish Wildlife Trust Membership
Join today and help support our conservation work, with free access to all our visitor centres and around 120 reserves. Your support will protect Scotland’s Wildlife for the Future.
We’re Good to Go
“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
- Learning from knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and volunteers
- Getting closer to the ospreys with binoculars, telescopes and live video footage
- Spotting red squirrels, woodpeckers and other woodland birds from viewing windows
- Joining a ranger-led beaver watch to spot these elusive mammals
- Children’s hide – games, books and bird viewing window. NEW 2020 climate crisis theme
- Quizzes, crafts, colouring in, nature draws
- Live and visual interpretation helps bring the story of 50 years of Lowes to life
- Education activities and school visits
- Regular family events throughout the year
Gift shop stocking a range of wildlife-themed gifts, souvenirs and birdcare products
Hot and cold drinks and individually wrapped light refreshments available. Nearest café in Dunkeld
Best time to visit?
- Apr – Aug for ospreys
- Apr – Sept for beavers
- All year round for red squirrels
- All year round for wildfowl
- All year round for bird feeders & deer
The Fungarth path leads from the historic town of Dunkeld to Loch of Lowes.
Find out what events are taking place at Loch of the Lowes in the coming months by viewing our events leaflet.
You can book on to these events by clicking the button below.