Loch of the Lowes by Dunkeld.
Loch of the Lowes is a 98 hectare loch (no fishing
permitted to protect the wildlife) purchased by the Scottish
Wildlife Trust in 1969, shortly before the first pair of Ospreys
starting breeding in a conifer tree on the Loch edge 150 metres
from the observation hides and visitor centre.
The ospreys arrive in early April and depart with their chicks
for West Africa in late August each year. The female osprey 'Lady'
has made a real name for herself having first laid eggs back in
1990, she has returned each year including 2012 to raise her
chicks. There is a paperback book
'Lady of the Loch' you can purchase to read about this
osprey chicks travel to West Africa - The two chicks
born in 2012, one from Loch of the Lowes the other from the Trust's
reserve in Angus have been tagged, so you can see them as they
travel and stay in West Africa.
Loch of the Lowes sees crested grebes,goldeneyes, goosanders,
mallards, widgeon, teal, tufted ducks and in the winter up to 3,000
migrant graylag geese, which roost at the loch each night.
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and bird
The Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre is manned with the help of
volunteers supporting permanent staff, it is open 10 am to
5 pm March to October 7 days a week, and weekends Friday to Sunday
10.30am to 4pm over the winter. The hides are open all
year (but be warned that during the winter 2012-13 the hides are
being refurbished and may not be open).
The Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre has a small shop selling
books and information on wildlife, it has a large viewing window
where you can watch birds at feeders along with red squirrels and
other mammals including special evening viewing of Pine Martin.
The Loch of the Lowes rangers are very helpful giving advice to
the general public on any wildlife questions from nesting boxes, to
pine martin homes and bug cities. During the main season the Loch
of the Lowes rangers organise and guide a number of walks and other
The Loch of Lowes Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre is 16
miles north of Perth, on the road from Dunkeld to Butterstone and
Blairgowrie, a couple of miles from Dunkeld, just beyond the
Dunkeld Golf Club.
Loch of the Lowes is highly recommended, if you are interested
in wildlife and enjoy walking, as there are some excellent walks
from the visitor centre.