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Loch Leven

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Looking for a great place to watch ducks and wading birds as well as some of the British Isles' most interesting mammals?

Loch Leven is the largest loch in the Scottish lowlands and the biggest body of water in lowland Britain. It was declared a national nature reserve (NNR) in 1964.

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Loch Leven - Visitor Guide


The Pier, Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland.

Postcode KY13 8UF
Telephone: 01577 864 439
Grid reference:Grid reference NO142027
Key attractions:

Bird-watching - Ospreys.

Location map: Multimap of Loch Leven area
Essential kit:

Take a good identification guide and a pair of binoculars to make sure you get a good view.

Nature watching:

The best place to watch the Ospreys is from Burleigh Sands.

There are bird hides and recommended nature trails available from the RSPB Visitor Centre.


Find a good place near the shoreline but not too close - you don't want to sink into the marshes!


Look out for the most common waders such as Lapwings, who do a sort of rain dance in the shallows to encourage worms to come to the surface.


Disabled Access: Disabled toilets and wheelchair access to the RSPB Centre and picnic area; no disabled access to ferry.

Getting there:

Loch Leven lies close to the M90 (Edinburgh - Perth) - take the Kinross turn-off at Junction 6 and take the road into Kinross. After half a mile, turn right at the T-junction, then take the third left at the signpost to Loch Leven Castle. Continue for 100m, take the right fork and follow the road down to a large car park at the end.

Bus: Bus services to Kinross run from Perth, Stirling and Edinburgh.


Car parking: Available at Kirkgate Park, Kinross, at Burleigh Sands or the RSPB Vane Farm (off the B9097).


Historic Scotland operates a ferry to Castle Island during the summer months - visit their website for more information.

Facilities:Coffee shop, bird hides, public and disabled toilets and picnic area available at the nearby RSPB Vane Farm Centre.
Opening times:

Year round. RSPB reserve at Vane Farm is open daily 10am-5pm.


Not applicable. Osprey watching - free.


Entry charge to Vane Farm reserve - free for RSPB members.

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