Discover Loch Leven in the heart of Scotland

Loch Leven Walks

  • Loch Leven Walks
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Loch Leven is one of the closest national nature reserves to the Central Belt of Scotland, yet it retains a real sense of tranquillity and wildness. An attractive, all-abilities trail around part of the loch offers a glimpse into its varied and exciting natural and cultural heritage.

Loch Leven fills over 13 square kilometres (5 square miles) of a wide basin between the Ochil, Lomond and Cleish Hills in the old county of Kinross. It forms the largest naturally food-rich loch in lowland Scotland, and its shallow waters, lochside wetlands and seven islands support some of the largest numbers of nesting duck anywhere on inland Europe.

Around 35,000 waterfowl are present in winter, including over 10,000 ducks and some 20,000 pink-footed geese – which is almost 10% of the global population of this species! The geese use the loch as important autumn and spring staging posts. Several thousand stay on, Loch of plenty roosting on the loch and feeding in the agricultural fields around the shore.

The loch is also an important stopping place for birds migrating between their breeding and wintering grounds. Goldeneye, gadwall, pochard, pintail, shoveler and wigeon all number in their hundreds, while teal and tufted duck can number into the thousands. Flocks of over 100 whooper swans also regularly spend the winter on the loch, and you might see large flocks of curlew, lapwing and golden plover around the shore. Recent winters have even seen white-tailed sea eagles from the east of Scotland reintroduction scheme making the shores of the loch their home.