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RSPB Scotland Loch Leven

#3 of 18 things to do in Kinross Features Animals
B9097 | RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Kinross KY13 9LX, Scotland
+44 1577 862355
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Fascinating for children and adults

Dropped into the cafe for lunch and on the way out some of the young volunteer ladies asked if the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Out for lunch

Decided to stay local and try to find a farm shop or similar for a bite to eat. Actually went... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Set on the southern shore of the loch, RSPB Scotland Loch Leven nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike. Formerly known as Vane Farm, the RSPB bought the reserve in 1967 as a centre for environmental education and it is still a fantastic place for children to explore and discover nature today. Visitors can climb the trail through the woodland to the top of Vane Hill for a spectacular view over the Kinross-shire hills and countryside, or meander down to the wetland trail where three hides allow people to get really close to nature. In the summer, ospreys fish on the loch, and in the winter, thousands of pink-footed geese, swans and ducks make the reserve their home.
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“bird watching” (12 reviews)
“garden birds” (6 reviews)
B9097 | RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Kinross KY13 9LX, Scotland
+44 1577 862355
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Dropped into the cafe for lunch and on the way out some of the young volunteer ladies asked if the kids would like to go pond dipping.Instant attention from the VIPs . Provided with nets a tray specimen jar and insect chart it was straight...More

Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to stay local and try to find a farm shop or similar for a bite to eat. Actually went passed this place and only noticed it in my mirror. Anyway found a farm shop, wife didn't like the look of it so we decided...More

Thank STUMG69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic walks, great cafe and some amazing staff that gave good advice and were so helpful throughout our visit. Cafe also has telescopes so you can bird watch even on a rainy day

Thank Adam D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great lunch stop with friendly staff. You can use the binoculars to see the birds. Well stocked shop and very knowledgeable staff.

Thank Surfer65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The birdwatching is great here. Down by the water the hides are well kept and clean. There are several areas to watch the garden birds which are in abundance. The walk up the hill is good for birds, squirrels and deer. The hill gives access...More

1  Thank TJWeymouth
Reviewed 6 June 2017

We enjoyed excellent visit here in this thoroughly well-presented nature reserve that is efficiently signposted with easy walking throughout. Informative displays and observational hides provided sufficient insights. Excellent centre with good shop and cafe; I will certainly return here with binoculars (available for hire) and...More

1  Thank Nilindy
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is a lovely place to visit. The staff are very friendly and then cafe is excellent for a morning coffee break or afternoon tea. The Centre itself is excellent but you can also take a walk down to the Loch and see more wildlife....More

Thank Jean823
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I ordered the soup, I had what was clearly the dross at the bottom of the pot (lentil) was disgusting! Also we ordered the ham salad sandwich, well more of a salad sandwich! Clearly running low on ham as our sandwiches had...More

Thank gavngail
RSPB_LochLeven, Communications Manager fro East Scotland at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2017

We are very disappointed that you had such a bad experience in our cafe. We can only assume that instead of saying we were running low, the staff member and volunteer that served you tried to complete the order anyway. Our cafe manager is aware...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

I called at the cafe at the nature reserve whilst passing on the for a quick bite to eat. I went to the cafe with the intention of ordering a snack to eat outside. There's was little choice for a vegetarian so I opted for...More

Thank ChristineJ4444
RSPB_LochLeven, Communications Manager for East Scotland at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hi Christine, I am sad that you were disappointed by your visit to our cafe. Over half our menu is suitable for vegetarians and we also have several options that are suitable for vegans, so I am sorry that you couldn't find anything that you...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely place to spend the day. The staff are always so friendly helpful and knowledgable. There is a cafe where the food is home made. Strongly recommend the soup and bacon rolls. The views from the cafe are fantastic overlooking the water...More

Thank P L
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12 September 2015|
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Response from tabelmabel |
You can't really cycle round the reserve as such but the loch leven path cuts through the middle of the reserve and it's ideal for cycling round the loch. If you wanted to visit the bird reserve, you could certainly cycle to... More
Pat E
31 January 2015|
Response from tabelmabel |
It would depend on the nature of your disability. If you are wheelchair bound then you can access the whole building and the cafe with telescopes as there is a ramp up. There is disabled parking (very limited) and disabled... More