Loch Leven National Nature Reserve
Visit Loch Leven National Nature Reserve (NNR)
A huge expanse of open water, Loch Leven provides an ideal home for countless birds. Watch the quiet persistence of tufted duck and teal dabbling for food, or marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of huge flocks of wintering wildfowl. In summer, ospreys patrol the loch in search of a fish supper, whilst on the marshy edges your nose might be sensitive enough to lead you to the sweetly scented holy grass, an ancient form of incense.
There are many ways to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of Loch Leven.
At over 12 kilometres the Loch Leven Heritage Trail extends from Kinross to the RSPB visitor centre around the north and east shores of the loch – a traffic free route you can walk, run, bike or ride along the whole length. Level and barrier-free for most of its length, the Trail is suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities, for cyclists, for wheelchair and motorised scooter users. (Please note access to RSPB visitor centre is accessed via a tunnel under the road with steps – wheelchair users are advised to use Findatie carpark for access to the south section of the Trail). If you would prefer a shorter walk then just explore part of the trail on one of these walks.
The RSPB visitor centre at the south side of Loch Leven has good views of the loch, viewing hides and woodland trails. There are good facilities here too including toilets, a shop and cafe. If you want more information about the Reserve, staff at the visitor centre will be happy to help.
The Boathouse Bistro at Kinross Pier also has information for visitors including local accommodation, reserve and the heritage trail leaflets. Facilities here include a café and toilets as well as cycle hire and free mobility scooters.
Historic Scotland runs a summer boat service to Castle Island from the pier at Kinross harbour.