GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch of the Lowes

1 miles (1 km)

This beautiful loch near Dunkeld is also a wildlife reserve, run by theScottish Wildlife Trust. The loch is a popular bird watching site with the nesting ospreys the main draw.
There's also red squirrels, beavers, woodpeckers and deer to look out for in this lovely area.
You can start the walk from the car park and visitor centre at the western end of the loch. Then pick up the trails to the woodland, bird hides and lochside. There's also a country lane/footpath running along the southern side of the loch which you can follow towards the Loch of Butterstone to the east.
To continue your lochside walking in the area you could head and east and visit Loch Clunie. The epic Cateran Trail can also be picked up in nearby Blairgowie.


PH8 0HH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Loch of the Lowes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch of the Lowes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west is the The Hermitage Woodland Walk. Here you'll find magnificent giant Douglas fir trees, the spectacularBlack Linn Fallsand views of the River Braan. You can also try the Tay Forest Park Walk which starts from the car park and heads north through the woodland of Craigvinean Forest.
A few miles to the north is the tranquil Loch Ordie in the Forest of Clunie.


Car Park - Loch of the Lowes - - 1721375

Car Park at the site.

Woodland beside Loch of the Lowes - - 1596313

Woodland beside the loch. Taken from one of the hides overlooking the Osprey nest.

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus), Loch of the Lowes - - 1596328

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus). An adult about to land on the nest, where one juvenile is clearly visible.

Loch of Lowes - - 353504

Loch of the Lowes 1

Loch of the Lowes - - 489745

Loch of the Lowes 2

Loch of Butterstone - - 1548545

Loch of Butterstone. This loch is said to be one of Scotland's premier trout fishing lochs specialising in quality Scottish rainbow, brown and blue trout.

Loch of Craiglush in summer - - 107967

Loch of Craiglush in summer

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) on nest, Loch of the Lowes - - 80123

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) on nest, Loch of the Lowes. Light was on the limit for photo through telescope, can just make out one of the two chicks to the left of the adult. This is one of the few Osprey nests with public viewing, from the Scottish Wildlife Trust viewpoint


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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