The Dunkeld Osprey Centre - Loch of the Lowes (Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve)
Known as the Dunkeld Osprey Centre, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve covers 98 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.
Loch of the Lowes and land was purchased by the Scottish Wildlife Trust in 1969, today Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre has:-
Two hides equipped with powerful binoculars to observe not just the osprey, but all the other wildlife on the loch, which includes (if you are lucky) Otters, Beavers, deer and water birds on the loch.
In the Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre itself, you can see stunning close-up live CCTV footage directly from the osprey nest and a viewing window looking out on to feeders, where you can often see red squirrels and woodpeckers. A children interactive area and den are also available.
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, runs a number of Beaver Watches every year, as well as a diverse range of events, which are well worth attending.
You will find the staff (some of whom are volunteers) and rangers extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Trip Adviser Reviews of Loch of the Lowes.
The new arrival on Loch of the Lowes is the beaver, which in late evening if you visit the hide by the Loch you may be lucky enough to see. Beavers are extremely shy creatures and it is great to see a creature that was once exterminated in Scotland making an appearance.
Wildfowl numbers peak at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre in early winter when migrant graylag geese as well as golden eyes, mallards, goosanders, widgeons, teals, tufted ducks and great crested grebes with numbers topping 3,000 birds, it is a sight to behold.
There is an excellent walk from Dunkeld to Loch of the Lowes which is highly recommended.
Loch of the Lowes opening times:- Summer - 1 Mar to 31 Oct: open daily from 10.00am - 5.00pm and Winter - 1 Nov to 29 Feb: open Fri-Sun from 10.30am - 4pm. Xmas and New Year - Restricted opening hours over Christmas and New Year period. January 2018 Admission Charges Adult £4, Concession £3.50 Family £7.50 - Children 50p and SWT members free entry.