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Loch Ordie[Map 1][Map 2] lies within the boundaries of the Atholl Estate near Dunkeld. It's in an area with a number of lochs and trails for walking and biking. Loch Ordie has been said to be particularly nice and a good area for wildlife viewing with a lucky visitor being able to view an Osprey as they are looking for fish.[2]

It has been described as being in an unspoiled countryside where a visitor might see the Red Squirrel in the trees, or birds of prey in the sky with other wildlife such as fallow deer a possibility. A number of bird species are possible as well as the visitor is walking, or biking, the trails around the Loch Ordie and Atholl Estate area.

Queen Victoria is said to have visited the area with a cairn now located where legend has it she stopped to admire the view.[3]


Notable Species

While not a notable bird species, another notable factor, nonetheless, is the plethora of available trails for walking and/or biking in this area. And given the areas these trails go through, it's only logical they will present good opportunities for spotting birds.

Potential sightings could include the Osprey from April to August, or Black Grouse, or even a species of kestrel or warbler.[3]


As of 18 November 2020, no species noted as rare for this particular location have been seen.


Birds you can see here include:

Black Grouse, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Short-eared Owl, Red-throated Loon, Common Sandpiper, Meadow Pipit, Eurasian Skylark, Common Raven, Red Crossbill, Osprey, Common Cuckoo, European Stonechat, Northern Wheatear

Other Wildlife

Fallow Deer and Red Squirrel are two of the possibilities here. [3]

Site Information

History and Use

Queen Victoria is said to have visited here. There is a cairn erected at the spot legend holds she stopped to observe the beauty of the area. [3]

Areas of Interest

Walking and Biking Trails in the area

There a number of walking and/or biking trails that wind their way through the area. They are good spots for spotting birds, or for pure relaxation. [2][4]

Atholl Estate

Atholl is the estate where Loch Ordie is located.

Access and Facilities

Numerous trails and their associated websites are good sources for information regarding where access might be best achieved, depending on your particular circumstances. [2][3][4]

As always, consult a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date information regarding travel to this area.


  1. Personal observations of Bird Forum member
  2. Fife Walking.com - https://fifewalking.com/walks-outwith-fife/loch-ordie-deuchary-hill-walk/
  3. Highland Perthshire - http://www.highlandperthshire.org/allnature-wildlife/2170-Loch-Ordie
  4. Walking Highlands - https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/loch-ordie.shtml

Recommended Citation


  1. Loch Ordie on StreetMaps
  2. Loch Ordie on Google Maps