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 http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/l/lochleven/events.aspx
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.
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.