Loch of the Lowes

Important notice

Roadworks affecting access to Loch of the Lowes will begin on Monday 16 October for a number of weeks. Diversions will be in place during this time.

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve covers 98 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

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Getting closer to the ospreys with binoculars, telescopes and live video footage
  • Spotting red squirrels, woodpeckers and other woodland birds from viewing windows
  • Interactive displays help bring the story of Loch of the 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 light refreshments available

Best time to visit?

  • Mar – Nov for red squirrels
  • Apr – Aug for ospreys
  • May – Aug for beavers
  • 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 Lowes.

Facilities

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VISITING THE RESERVE

How to get there

Directions

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.

Visitors can also walk from Dunkeld using the Fungarth Path, which is about 2 miles in length.

Get directions

Getting onto the reserve

Follow the access track to the disabled car park and visitor centre.

Access restrictions

Only guide 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)
OS grid ref
NO041435
Landranger map
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VISITOR CENTRE

Loch of the Lowes visitor centre

Opening times

Summer: 1 Mar - 31 Oct: open daily from 10am-5pm
Winter: 1 Nov - 28 Feb: open Fri - Sun from 10.30am - 4pm

Normal opening hours apply over the Christmas and New Year period.

Admission

Adults: £4 (Access to reserve trail is free)
Concession: £3.50
Members: FREE
Children: 50p
Family: £7.50 (2 adults and up to 2 children)
10% discount for other Wildlife Trust members and groups of 11 or more.

Telephone
01350 727 337

LOCH OF THE LOWES BLOG

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November update at Lowes

November update at LowesWe are seeing a whole variety of species on the loch during the past couple of weeks. We’re finding an increasing number of goldeneye and tufted ducks, who will overwinter on the loch, along with our resident mute swans.   Mute swans at loch of the lowes   The visitors this week have been getting great views of the female long tailed ducks, who have been diving right in front of the double decker hide. [caption…

FR3 found!

FR3 found!FR3 has been spotted safe and well in Bulok, Gambia! As many of you know, FR3 was a chick born at loch of the Lowes in 2015. He was fitted with a tracker so we could monitor his migration south and his movements while he was down there. This continued for roughly 2 years in and around Gambia when we stopped receiving data from the tracker (2 June 2017). FR3 in Bulok, Gambia – Chris Wood We…

LIVE ACTION

Loch of the Lowes webcam

LOCH OF THE LOWES

Education

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.

FURTHER READING

About Loch of the Lowes

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Balnaguard GlenTummel Shingle Islands

Local group
Perth

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