COVID-19 UPDATE: The trails and hides are now open. Masks must be worn (unless exempt) in hides, with 2m distancing required. Numbers inside the hides will therefore be restricted at any one time. Please follow the instructions on site and be considerate of other users. **Ongoing refurbishment work - car park is partially open, with a pop-up shop and Coffee Cabin open daily 11am - 4pm. Temporary toilets available. The visitor centre and cafe remain closed at this time. The temporary diversion trail between the car park and Coffee Cabin, and the Loch Leven Heritage Trail and the toilet is over uneven ground and has steps on route. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by this.**
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 and only 40 minutes from Edinburgh, 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 Wild Challenge rucksacks for hire from the visitor centre, and children can get to know the wildlife here by grabbing a seasonal nature bingo. In spring and summer you can hire a pond dipping kit, and bug hunting kits are available all year. Explore the natural play area, walk the pushchair friendly Leafy Loop trail and build a minibeast mansion. We also run a programme of family and children’s events throughout the year and have special activities during school holidays.
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.
For more information on accessibility at this reserve please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-loch-leven
Entry is free for RSPB members. Non-members: adults £5, children £1, concessions £3 and family £10.
This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Other than assistance dogs, dogs are not permitted on the wetland and woodland trails or in the picnic area. Dogs can be walked along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail in accordance with the Scottish Access Code.
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.