Loch of the Lowes

Important notice

If you are intending to visit one of our visitor centres, please ensure that you are following the latest government guidance with regards the numbers of people/households that can meet and any travel restrictions that may apply to you.

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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.

Address: Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld PH8 0HH


Visiting safely

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.

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

N.B. Bookable time slots are for 1 hour and 30 minutes only. Please arrive at the start of the time slot; 10:30, 12:45 or 14:30 to get the most from your entry.


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Your privacy

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


Planning your visit

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 have pre-booked you will be notified and refunded. Please note that we are open Thursday – Monday only and are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

What’s open?

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 are also available. Please note we are accepting card payments only.

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.

Shop

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.


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 draws
  • 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

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

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre is open from 10:30am - 4pm. To maintain social distancing, all visitors must book in advance.

Admission

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: £4.00
Concession: £3.00
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.

Telephone
01350 727 337

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Raining acorns and winter opening hours

Raining acorns and winter opening hoursOn 1 November, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre moved onto its winter opening hours. We are now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10.30am – 4.00pm. Entry is still by pre-booking with 90 minute time slots: 10:30 – 12 noon,12:45 – 14:15 and 14:30 – 16:00. Entrance fees: Adults £4.00, Concession £3.00. Children and Scottish Wildlife Trust Members – FREE. (Book here https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/loch-of-the-lowes/ ) A range of new measures have been put in place in the visitor centre in…

Autumn at Loch of the Lowes

Autumn at Loch of the LowesWith a crunch underfoot, we walk across the fallen leaves, no longer bright green, but an array of colours from red, to orange and yellow. The days are now getting shorter with a noticeable crisp to the air in the mornings. The damp and mossy logs now have wonderful fungi growing from them, providing delicious snacks for both foragers and red squirrels alike. Autumn has begun. There are many different species of fungi found on our reserve. Stinkhorns, known for…

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

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map

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