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RSPB Scotland Loch Leven nature reserve

RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is part of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. The loch is famous for its connections to Mary Queen of Scots and as Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch.

Set on the southern shore of the loch, RSPB Scotland Loch Leven offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike.

Formerly known as Vane Farm, we bought this reserve in 1967 as a centre for environmental education and it is still a fantastic place for children to explore and discover nature today.

Climb the trail through the woodland to the top of Vane Hill for a spectacular view over the Kinross-shire hills and countryside, or meander down to the wetland trail where our three hides allow you to view the wildlife in their natural habitat.

In the summer, you could see ospreys on the loch, and in the winter, thousands of pink-footed geese, swans and ducks make the reserve their home. If you are really lucky you may catch a glimpse of visiting white tailed eagles.

We have binoculars, wildlife explorer rucksacks and pond dipping kits for hire from reception for families. Children can explore the woodland, den building area and nature play zone and for younger children, borrow a bird bingo card to take on your walk. There are interactive cameras in the cafe and viewing area. We also run a programme of family and children’s events throughout the year, please check the webiste for further details.

The cafe is the first visitor attraction in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Gold Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association and serves delicious, local and ethical food all year-round, all with a fantastic view over Loch Leven itself. The café takes hot food orders until 3 pm, and serves refreshments, snacks and cakes until 4 pm.

Other than assistance dogs, dogs are not permitted on RSPB Scotland Loch Leven’s wetland and woodland trails or in the picnic area. Dogs are allowed along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.


T: 01577 862355
E: lochleven@rspb.org.uk
W: www.rspb.org.uk/lochleven
A: RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Perth and Kinross, KY13 9LX
ASVA Card Restrictions:
Free entry to the reserve with ASVA pass. Special event charges and equipment hire still applies.

Entry is free for RSPB members.
Non-members: adults £5, children £1, concessions £3 and family £1
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