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Looking north over the loch


There are five lochs between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld, known as the Lunan Lochs. Loch of the Lowes is the furthest west, just outside the village of Dunkeld which is accessed from the A9 Perth to Inverness road.


Notable Species

Ospreys have bred here most years since 1969. Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Moorhen, Mute Swan and Water Rail also breed on the loch.

The surrounding woodland has many Siskin, along with Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Jay.

The resident ducks, including Mallard are joined by wintering flocks of Greylag Geese.


To do


Birds you can see here include:

Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Osprey, Common Pheasant, Water Rail, Common Coot, Common Moorhen, Common Gull, Common Wood Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Eurasian Wren, Eurasian Robin, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Treecreeper, Common Starling, Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, Eurasian Siskin, Reed Bunting

Other Wildlife

Includes mammals such as Otter, Red Squirrrel, Red Deer, Fallow Deer and Pine Marten

Site Information

Areas of Interest

There is a footpath from the car park along the south side of the loch which continues over the hill down to Dunkeld.

Access and Facilities

There is no public transport to the reserve which is 1.8 miles north-east of Dunkeld, just off the A923 road to Blairgowrie.

There are two hides, one of which is a double-decker. Visitor centre with toilets, shop and coffee-making facilities.

Contact Details

Tel: 01350 727337


  1. Loch of the Lowes
  2. Dunkeld & Birnam Tourist Association
  3. Loch of the Lowes on Streetmap

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