Loch of the Lowes

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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.


Click on a heading below to find out more about visiting Loch of the Lowes.

Our visitor centre currently has a timeslot booking system in place. Each time slot is 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. Please arrive at the start of the time slot; 10:30, 12:00, 14:15 and 15:45 to get the most from your entry. The woodland trail leaves from the car park and does not require an admission 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 lochofthelowes@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

  • 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 underwater theme
  • Quizzes, trails, colouring in
  • 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
  • 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

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 Thursday – Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

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.

Whether you live in Scotland or you’re just visiting please download the ‘Check in Scotland’ app from Google play or Apple app store before you visit. This will speed up our Test and Protect procedure.

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

Why visit?

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

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • scenery
  • mammals

Other information

The Fungarth path leads from the historic town of Dunkeld to Loch of the Lowes.


Find out what events are taking place at Loch of the Lowes in the coming months by checking out our Events page


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How to get there


The reserve is situated 16 miles north of Perth and 2 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 visitor centre, and is linked by a wheelchair friendly path.

Please note that on some sat-navs, the visitor centre postcode (PH8 0HH) takes you to the opposite end of the loch. In this case, the postcode PH8 0ES appears to work better.

Public transport to Dunkeld available via train click here and bus links click here.

Visitors can also walk from Dunkeld using the Fungarth Path (with various parking options), which is about 2 miles in length and 5 miles as a circular route click here.

Cyclists can access the reserve via A923 from Dunkeld, a 2 mile diversion off the National Cycle Network route 77 click here.

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Getting onto the reserve

Visitor centre and additional disabled car parking accessed from main car park via 90m track by welcome signage.
Reserve trail accessed from main car park by stone cairn.

We are not currently permitting over night stays in the carpark.

Access restrictions

Only assistance dogs are permitted in the visitor centre and hides.

No fishing is permitted at Loch of the Lowes at any time of year to protect its wildlife and rare underwater flora.

For a full access guide, click here.

Nearest town
Dunkeld (2 mi / 3.2 km)
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Landranger map


Loch of the Lowes visitor centre

Opening times

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre is open from 10:30am - 5pm, Thursday-Monday. To maintain social distancing, all visitors must book in advance.
Please note we are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.


Book online in advance
Dedicated entry sessions have been introduced to ensure that we can manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. Please book an admission ticket online in advance of your visit. This includes Scottish Wildlife Trust Members.

Adults: £4.50
Concession: £4.00
Members: FREE
Children: FREE

10% discount for other Wildlife Trust members and groups of 11 or more: Not currently applicable
Dog walkers: Buy One Get One Free not currently available
Access to reserve trail is free.

Address: Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld PH8 0HH

01350 727 337


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If you are interested in organising an educational visit to Loch of the Lowes, please contact the visitor centre on 01350 727 337 for more information.


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