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 email@example.com
- 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
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 the Lowes.
Find out what events are taking place at Loch of the Lowes in the coming months by checking out our Events page