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  • Looking over to people driving past the lions of Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling
    Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling
  • A red kite soaring high up above Scotland
    Red kite

With its attractive blend of different landscapes and natural habitats, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley boasts an equally appealing mix of wildlife attractions, ranging from national parks to safari parks.

Nature centres and reserves

The woods, mountains, lochs and coasts of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are rich in wildlife and some of the best places to see it is at the nature reserves and centres within and surrounding the park, including Loch Lomond, Loch Ardinning and Flanders Moss nature reserves. At these at varying times of the year, you'll have an excellent chance to see otters, capercaillie, black grouse, roe and red deer, red squirrels plus many wintering birds including pink-footed and greylag geese.

Another popular draw is The David Marshall Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. As well as the magnificent views from the centre, you can alsp enjoy Live CCTV images beamed from different locations within the forest. You may be lucky enough to see buzzards, red Squirrels, peregrine falcons and even the majestic ospreys.

Bird of prey attractions

If you want to enjoy more raptors, why not drive or cycle the Bird of Prey Trail, a 30-mile route taking in many top wildlife-watching areas including Flanders Moss NNR, the Lake of Monteith, The David Marshall Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Glen Finglass and the Trossachs themselves. The trail highlights plenty of viewing points from where you can see the likes of ospreys, red kites, golden eagles, buzzards, merlins and sparrowhawks in the wild.

Alternatively, the purpose-built hide and live CCTV links at Argaty Red Kites at Lerrocks Farm, Doune, offers great close-up views of these fantastic birds coming down to their daily feed at the feeding station.

Meanwhile, the Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre near Balloch gives its visitors the chance to get up close to some truly impressive raptors including Orla, their magnificent female golden eagle.

Kid-friendly wildlife attractions

While families of all ages will love seeing animals in the wild, two purpose-built attractions here are always a big hit with kids in particular: Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park near Stirling and The Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Centre at Balloch.

Voted the 2010 Scottish Thistle Awards Winner for the 'Perfect Kid's Day Out', Blair Drummond lets you come face to face with spectacular exotic animals such as Siberian tigers, lions, bears, penguins and camels, all from the safety of your car.

At SEA LIFE, all manner of aquatic species from starfish to tropical sharks are here and you can even handle some as part of the Rockpool Experience.

Browse our wildlife attractions listings to plan your trip to the region today.

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  1. Bucinch & Ceardach


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Two small uninhabited islands, between Luss and Balmaha, in Loch Lomond.

  2. Gradings

    Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

    Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park falls into four distinct parts: Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Breadalbane and Argyll Forest.

  3. Gradings


    Visitor centre comprising exhibition on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, geology and Highland Boundary Fault.

  4. Flanders Moss


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The UK’s largest raised bog to remain in a near-natural state lies between the villages of Thornhill and Kippen in the Care of Stirling.


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