Loch of the Lowes

Important notice

Coronavirus update: Based on the latest government advice, we have decided to close our visitor centres and suspended all events until further notice. Please note that the car park, hides and woodland walk are also closed. Please check back on this page for further updates.

4 Star Wildlife Experience LogoLoch 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

lochofthelowes@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • 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 table and microscope display
  • 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
  • Self service hot and cold drinks and 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

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • scenery
  • mammals

Other information

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

Events

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.

Upcoming events 

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.

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.

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 10:30am - 5pm
Winter: 1 Nov - 28 Feb: open Fri - Sun from 10.30am - 4pm

Closed December 25th & 26th, January 1st & 2nd.

Admission

Adults: £4.50
Concession: £4.00
Members: FREE
Children: £1.00
Family: £8.50 (2 adults and up to 2 children)
10% discount for other Wildlife Trust members and groups of 11 or more.
Access to reserve trail is free.

Telephone
01350 727 337

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LIVE ACTION

Loch of the Lowes webcam

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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

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map

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