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Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve

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Dunkeld PH8 0HH, Scotland
+44 1350 727337
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When we visited the ospreys had already migrated south. However the Loch with its swans and ducks... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
stephen c
Gaborone, Botswana
Great in Osprey season!

I visited just after the ospreys had left, unfortunately! It is a lovely place, but I think that... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Preston, United Kingdom
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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. Interactive displays help bring the story of Loch of the Lowes to life. Get closer to the ospreys with binoculars, telescopes and live video footage. Spot red squirrels, woodpeckers and other woodland birds from viewing windows. Our gift shop offers a range of wildlife-related gifts and souvenirs. Hot and cold drinks and light refreshments are available. In the winter, observe the over wintering ducks and geese, as well as red squirrels, brambling, redpoll and fallow deer. Beavers can also be seen all year round at dawn and dusk.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Dunkeld PH8 0HH, Scotland
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

When we visited the ospreys had already migrated south. However the Loch with its swans and ducks was really picturesque. The bird hides were excellent with many small birds to see and red squirrels too.

Thank stephen c
Reviewed 15 September 2017

I visited just after the ospreys had left, unfortunately! It is a lovely place, but I think that there is a limited amount of area that you are allowed into. The hides are very close to the centre, which is very good, and there are...More

Thank Patagonia2001
Reviewed 12 September 2017

We walked to the Visitor Centre from Dunkeld (about 2.6 km) which is definitely worthwhile if you like to do a bit of walking - the views are really great. The Visitors Centre itself costs £4 which we found worth the money. There is a...More

Thank JohnnyandVonny
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We passed the place by coincidence. And we are glad we did. The peace and quiet in this place are truly wonderful. We went into one of hides and just looked over the loch. Not a sound except for the wind and birds. After that...More

Thank MrCasaa
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A wonderful lochside location for discovering all types of wildlife. Great place to sight red squirrels and many types of birds, especially the Ospreys at specific times of year. Various viewing hides fully equipped with high powered telescopes waterside. Staff very well informed and able...More

Thank Evie854
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

What a hidden gem this place is. The loch is absolutely stunning - so tranquil and unspoilt. You can go in the hides (which are even equipped with telescopes) and watch all the birdlife. We saw a couple of species of duck, a swan and...More

Thank TheGlobetrotta
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We stopped off here hoping to see red squirrels. We saw so much more including the ospreys and deer. Being in the hides gave us an excellent opportunity to have a great view. We spotted so many species of birds through the big glass window...More

Thank 571Anhe571
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Lucky to see osprey chick hatch in May, and that chick is now a majestic Osprey getting ready to migrate to Gambria or another country in the north west of Africa. Incredible journey which the female of the mates has already embarked upon along with...More

Thank Marion P
LochoftheLowes, Visitor Centre Assistant at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Hi Marion, Thanks for your comments and great description of the centre. You seemed to have learned alot! I was just wondering why you gave us two stars? Is there something you were unhappy about? We are always looking for ways to improve. Christy

Reviewed 18 August 2017

We visited because the reserve is one of the top 5 sites for red squirrels in the UK, but there were no squirrels! However the visitor centre has an amazing quasi-one-way viewing area out onto the bird feeders and we saw less common species such...More

Thank P_n_R_Herts
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We stopped here for a short visit to hear a presentation from staff and go outside to view the osprey nest from the hides. The big glass window at the center also allows you to observe the birds and red squirrels who come to feed....More

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28 May 2015|
Response from Cas S |
I notice this hasn't actually been answered although it is clear on the website. Dogs are welcome at Lowes, but only guide dogs are allowed in the Visitor Center through which they have access to the hides. No matter how... More