Loch of the Lowes

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Welcome to Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve near Dunkeld. Our reserve covers 130 hectares including woodland, freshwater loch and the visitor centre and hides.

All year round the reserve boasts sightings of red squirrels, mallards, swans, great-crested grebes, fallow deer and great-spotted woodpeckers.

In autumn and winter, the reserve is home to Canada and greylag geese, as well as wigeon, tufted, golden eye and mallard ducks, grey heron and much more.

During the spring and summer months the osprey return to their nest just 150m away from the hides. The loch also hosts breeding swallows and goosander, as well as garden birds in the woodland and 3 species of bat.

Our four-star visitor centre offers a great day out for all the family in Perthshire.


Opening times

1st Nov – 28th Feb: Open Friday – Sunday 10:30-16:00.

1st Mar – 31st Oct: Open 7 days, 10:30-17:00.

The visitor centre no longer has a timeslot system. We will now be accepting on-the-door admissions as usual. We are working on a new and improved optional online booking system for the new year.

 

Any questions? If you have a question about planning your visit, please scroll down or email lochofthelowes@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

Exclusive hide hire: Please click the drop down below for tickets and more information

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to see wildlife at Loch of the Lowes. Bookings last for up to three hours (depending on sunset time) and are available to one household (up to four people) for £30.


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 hide hire or would like to enquire about hiring it on a different day, please email lochofthelowes@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk


Why visit?

The Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre offers spectacular views across the reserve from the hides. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for you to see the wildlife up close.

We serve hot drinks, snacks and we have a wildlife-themed gift shop with a variety of products for all ages.

A range of children’s activities are always available in the children’s hide.

Our viewing window allows you to get up close to garden birds, red squirrels and great-spotted woodpeckers.

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

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.

Please make sure you’re following the latest Scottish Government COVID-19 guidelines before planning your visit. This includes the recommendation to ‘Flow Before You Go‘ – please consider taking a lateral flow test before visiting.

Whether you live in Scotland or you’re just visiting, please download the ‘Check In Scotland’ app from Google Play or the Apple app store before you visit. This will speed up our Test and Protect procedure.


Woodland path

The Fungarth path can be accessed from our car park and leads to the historic town of Dunkeld. Please note that this walk is not circular.

Please note the woodland trail is not currently accessible when the Visitor Centre is closed.

Events

Find out what events are taking place at Loch of the Lowes in the coming months by checking out our Events page


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. Join in the centre, and you’ll receive a free gift!

 

 

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.

We are not currently permitting over night stays in the carpark.

Access restrictions

Only assistance 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, Friday-Sunday.

Admission

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: As dogs are not permitted in the centre or hides we offer a buy one ticket, get one free. Buy one ticket so someone can stand with the dog then you can swap over and both experience the visitor centre

Access to reserves woodland trail is free and starts from the car park

Address: Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld PH8 0HH

Telephone
01350 727 337

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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

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