Plan your visit
Covid-19 update: Car park, trails, toilets, shop and hides are now open. Cafe is open Wednesday - Sunday only.
1 March – 24 December
Visitor centre and shop open - 10am - 5pm
Café open - 10am - 4pm
27 December – end February
Visitor centre and shop open - 10am - 4pm
Café open Wednesday - Sunday - 10am - last orders 3pm
Trails, hides and toilets always open.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
A car park charge has now been introduced at this site. The new £3 charge will give access to all of our visitor facilities for all occupants of a car. There will no longer be an admission charge to visit the Wetland Trail and hides for non members. It is free to park for RSPB members, blue badge holders and for 30mins if you just want to visit the shop or cafe. As a charity the additional income we generate from the parking charge will allow us to maintain and build upon our new, improved and accessible facilities whilst continuing to carry out the vital conservation work that makes Loch Leven such a special home for nature.
Non-members day rate: £3
Overnight parking: £5
RSPB members: FREE (please display your membership card)
Blue badge holders: FREE (please display your badge)
Cash or contactless payments at machine.
Charges apply Monday to Sunday, including bank holidays.
30 minutes free parking for those just popping to the shop or cafe. Please use dedicated bays.
Parking charge includes:
• Parking for one vehicle
• Entry to the reserve
• Use of all visitor facilities including trails, hides and toilets.
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
Buses to Kinross are available from Perth, Edinburgh and nearby towns.
From Kinross, cycle along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, which is relatively flat and even-surfaced.
The reserve is halfway between Perth and Edinburgh. From Junction 5 of the M90, follow signs for the B9097 towards Glenrothes. Once on the B9097, drive for approximately two miles before turning right into the reserve which is signposted.
If the car park is full alternative parking around the Loch can be found at:
Findatie: There is parking at Findatie on the B9097, near the mouth of the River Leven. KY13 9LY is the nearest postcode. Grid reference: NT 170992. What3Words: about.insurance.primed
Kinross: There is parking available at the Boathouse Pier and Kirkgate Park in Kinross.
KY13 8UF is the nearest postcode for the Boathouse Pier. Grid reference: NO 122017. What3Words: congas.friction.loaning
KY13 8ET is the nearest postcode for Kirkgate Park. Grid reference: NO 128017. What3Words: infants.gown.intrigued
Burleigh: There is parking at Burleigh Sands, on the north shore of Loch Leven (close to the A911). KY13 9EZ is the nearest postcode. This is centred on a farm north-east of the car park. Grid reference: NO 133040. What3Words: approvals.screen.flaunting
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
From Kinross walk 8km along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, which is relatively flat and even-surfaced.
Information for dog owners
Well behaved dogs are welcome in the visitors centre. A tap and water bowl are available in the visitors centre courtyard.
Assistant dogs welcome.
Dogs under close control, preferably on a short lead are allowed on all trails on the reserve in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It is particularly important to keep close control during the bird breeding season April - August.
Please pick up after your dog and dispose of any bags in bins or take it home.
Schools booking information
Your class can enjoy hands-on nature exploration and wildlife spotting activities through our curriculum linked programmes. Each programme is designed to last two hours - sessions run between 10am - 12pm and 12.30pm - 2.30pm. Two programmes can be combined to make a whole day visit.
Facilities include a classroom, picnic facilities and accessible toilets. Visit our school trip ideas page to see our full list of programmes.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for booking information.
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