Coronavirus update: Going into Phase 3 – Our Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre remains closed and all events are still suspended until further notice. Please note that the car park, hides and woodland walk also remain closed during this time. However, our visitor centre team is now working their way through the government re-opening guidance to implement increased hygiene, social distancing and new admission measures.
Please check back on this page for further updates.
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 safety measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines. This includes pre-booked timed entry, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations and restricted entry to hides where physical distancing is not possible.
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 (2m).
Use the hand sanitiser provided.
Wash your hands often.
Please note card payments only.
Any questions? Our Visitor Centre team will be delighted to help.
When you book we will also collect your name, contact number and the date and time of your visit to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and we may share this information with the service up to 21 days following your visit.
Face coverings must be worn in our visitor centres and hides, for your safety and the safety of other visitors, staff and volunteers.
Planning your visit
Below is some key information about visiting our visitor centre when we reopen. Please check ahead to make sure the centre is open. It may be subject to temporary closure should a local lockdown be required. If this occurs and you pre-booked you will be notified and refunded. Please note that we are open Thursday-Monday only. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday every week.
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 is also available. Please note we are accepting card payments only.
You are welcome to bring your own picnic to eat in 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 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
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.