Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.
There are a number of viewing hides and and access points along 13 miles of easy access trail. Scotlands largest lowland loch is home to internationallly important numbers of ducks geese and swans. Watch the quiet persistence of diving tufted duck, the graceful display of great crested grebe, while gadwall and teal dabble for food, or marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of huge flocks of wintering wildfowl. In summer, ospreys patrol the loch in search of a fish supper, whilst on the marshy edges your nose might be sensitive enough to lead you to the sweetly scented holy grass, an ancient form of incense. Otters and kingfishers are also regularly seen around the reserve too and white-tailed sea eagle is an occasional visitor.
There is an easy access Loch Leven Heritage Trail which covers a 13 mile circuit of the loch through many different habitats on the reserve.
Getting there by railway:- The closest rail stations are at Cowdenbeath, Inverkeithing, (more regular buses link from Perth) Buses from there to Kinross and Loch Leven. More details at http://www.travelinescotland.com/.
Getting there by aeroplane:- From Edinburgh Airport follow the M90 north to Kinross, leave the motorway at junction 5. For Kinross town (from where there is well signed access to Kirkgate Park) follow the B996 for approx 3 miles. For the RSPB Vane Farm Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, leave the motorway at junction 5 and take the B9097 for 1.5 miles.
From Glasgow Airport head north on the M80/A80, at Stirling branch off to the east, taking the A91 and then the A977 to reach Kinross.
Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth follow the M90 north to Kinross. Leave the motorway at junction 5. For Kinross town (from where there is well signed access to Kirkgate Park) follow the B996 for approx 3 miles. For the RSPB Vane Farm Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, leave the motorway at junction 5 and take the B9097 for 1.5 miles.