The Dunkeld Osprey Centre - Loch of the Lowes (Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve)
Known as the Dunkeld Osprey Centre, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve has had ospreys on site for 50 years. The reserve covers 98 hectares near Dunkeld. Loch of the Lowes and land was purchased by the Scottish Wildlife Trust in 1969.
From early April to late August, the star attraction is a pair of breeding ospreys, which nest just 150 metres from our observation hide.
You will find the staff (some of whom are volunteers) and rangers extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre has:-
Three hides (double decker and Crannog) with Scopes (not binoculars) to observe not just the osprey, but all the other wildlife on the loch. Including (if you are lucky) otters, beavers, deer and water birds on the loch.
In the Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre itself, you can see stunning close-up live CCTV footage direct from the osprey nest and a viewing window looking out on to feeders, where you can often see red squirrels and woodpeckers. A children interactive area and den are also available.
The new arrival on Loch of the Lowes is the beaver. Late evening, if you are lucky, can be seen from the hide. Beavers are extremely shy creatures. It is great to see a creature that was once exterminated in Scotland, back in our landscape.
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, runs a number of Beaver Watches every year, (April to September, are detailed on the Pitlochry What's On Guide) as well as a diverse range of events, which are well worth attending.
Wildfowl numbers peak at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre in early winter when migrant graylag geese as well as golden eyes, mallards, goosanders, widgeons, teals, tufted ducks and great crested grebes with numbers topping 3,000 birds, it is a sight to behold.
There is an excellent walk from Dunkeld to Loch of the Lowes which is highly recommended.
Loch of the Lowes opening times:-
Summer - 1 Mar to 31 Oct: open daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm
Winter - 1 Nov to 28th Feb: open Fri, Sat and Sun from 10.30am to 4pm.
Xmas and New Year - Restricted opening hours over Christmas and New Year period. January 2019 Admission Charges Adult £4.50, Concession £4.00 Family £8.50 - Children £1 and SWT members free entry.