RSPB Scotland Loch Leven nature reserve

Nature Centres & Reserves

RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Vane Farm Reserve, Kinross, Perthshire, KY13 9LX

    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 get really close to nature.

    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 and wildlife explorer rucksacks for hire from reception, or families can explore the woodland in our nature play zone. 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

    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.

    Entry is free for RSPB members. Non-members: adults £5, children £1, concessions £3 and family £10.

    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.


    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Visitor centre open 10 am to 5 pm daily (to 4 pm from Christmas Eve until New Year). The trails and hides are open 24 hours a day throughout the year. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and 2 January.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Gluten Free
    • Lunch Available
    • Organic Food
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Cycle Rack
    • Parking


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Edinburgh Airport cross the Forth Road Bridge on to the M90 till Junction 5 then follow signposts to the centre.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria

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