Facilities at Loch Leven

Full facilities information

Visitor centre
  • The RSPB Scotland Loch Leven visitor centre is open from 10am - 5pm daily (open until 4pm from Christmas Eve until New Year).
  • Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and 2 January.
Car park
  • 4 Blue Badge spaces
  • Large car park situated approximately 60m from visitor centre.
  • Partially lit.
  • No opening or height restrictions.
  • There are cycle racks and parking for coaches.

There are toilets on-site.

Accessible toilets

There is an accessible, unisex toilet with baby change facilities that can be accessed via the courtyard.

10 am to 4 pm daily (closed 25-26 December and 1-2 January).
Vegan options
Vegetarian options
Gluten free options
  • Come to the reserve any morning and we'll be dishing out warm, freshly-baked organic scones...on a first-come, first-served basis!
  • The cafe takes lunch orders until 3pm, and serves refreshments, snacks and cakes until 4 pm.
  • Our cafe has held the Soil Association's Gold Food For Life Catering award since June 2014, in recognition of our commitment to providing fresh food our customers can trust.
  • Highlights from the menu include tasty, warming, seasonal home-made soup of the day served with chunky bread, scones, freshly baked every morning using organic ingredients, baked potatoes served with a variety of tasty fillings and outstanding coffee.
  • Children are welcome, we have highchairs available, a colouring-in mural and kids' wildlife magazines for our younger visitors to enjoy. We offer smaller portions for smaller appetites and stock healthy drinks with no additives.
  • We use local ingredients
  • We serve our own exclusive coffee that is grown, imported and roasted by us.
  • For more information about our menu please visit 'What's in my dish'.

A large gift shop with an extensive range of optical equipment, a large range of birdfoods and birdcare equipment, an excellent selection of bird and wildlife books, outdoor accessories, gifts and souvenirs including children’s items.

Baby changing

Located in the accessible, unisex toilet accessed via courtyard.

Picnic area
Pushchair friendly
Binocular hire
Viewing point
  • Viewing screen past picnic area allows close-up views of birds using feeders.
  • Indoor viewing area in cafe.
  • Telescopes, including one adjustable, overlook Loch Leven.
  • Three hides on Wetland Trail.
Nature trails
  • There are two main nature trails and two smaller trails (the wheelchair-friendly Leafy Loop and seasonal Wildflower meadow trail).
  • The Wetland trail has three hides: Gillman 100 metres, Waterston 200 metres and Carden 600 metres from the start of the trail. 
  • The Woodland trail (1.6 km) leads through birchwoods to a viewpoint at the top of Vane Hill, 248 m above sea level. The trail is fairly steep in some areas and requires suitable footwear. You can also access the Loch Leven Heritage trail and Sleeping Giant trail from the visitor centre.
Educational facilities
  • Education room on ground floor with step free, flexible layout, carpeted surface, good lighting.
  • Outdoor learning areas including raised pond for pond dipping.
  • To best accommodate access needs, schools should specify when booking.
Play area