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About Loch Leven

Pink-footed geese flying over RSPB Vane Farm nature reserve

Image: Andy Hay

Set on the southern shore of the loch, RSPB Loch Leven nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and birdwatchers alike.

Formerly known as Vane Farm, we bought this reserve in 1967 as a centre for environmental education and it is still a fantastic place for children to explore and discover nature today.

Climb the trail through the woodland to the top of Vane Hill for a spectacular view over the Kinross-shire hills and countryside, or meander down to the wetland trail where our three hides allow you to get really close to nature.

In the summer, you could see ospreys on the loch, and in the winter, thousands of pink-footed geese, swans and ducks make the reserve their home.

Our café serves delicious, local and ethical food all year-round, all with a fantastic view over Loch Leven itself.

Opening times

RSPB Loch Leven visitor centre is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and 2 January); the trails and hides are open 24 hours a day throughout the year. The View cafe takes hot food orders until 3 pm, and serves refreshments, snacks and cakes until 4 pm.

Entrance charges

Entry is free for RSPB members. Non-members: adults £5, children £1, concessions £3 and family £10.

If you are new to birdwatching...

Birds are easy to see all year round, but you can borrow a pair of binoculars from reception to help you get a closer look. Our friendly staff and volunteers can assist with bird identification, provide help and answer questions.

Information for families

We have binoculars and wildlife explorer rucksacks for hire from reception, or children can get spotting in our monthly wildlife challenge. For younger children, borrow a bird bingo card to take on your walk. There are interactive cameras in the cafe and viewing area. We also run a programme of family and children’s events throughout the year.

Information for dog owners

Other than assistance dogs, dogs are not permitted on RSPB Loch Leven’s wetland and woodland trails or in the picnic area. Dogs are allowed along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

How you can help

Personalise a gift donation to Loch Leven. All of the donation will go to protect this reserve, an important breeding site for wading birds and a wintering sanctuary for pink footed geese.

Help wildlife at Loch Leven

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 56.17626,-3.35462
  • Postcode: KY13 9LX
  • Grid reference: NT160990
  • Nearest town: Kinross, Perth & Kinross
  • County: Perth and Kinross
  • Country: Scotland

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.

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