Loch Leven NNR - Mill Hide Rebuild

Rebuild the Mill Hide - progress and updates

This page is to keep everyone updated with progress on the Mill Hide project.

Locals and visitors alike were devastated to learn that the award-winning Mill Hide was burnt down in February. Encouraged by many offers of support from the community, NatureScot launched an appeal to help fund the replacement which has raised almost £30,000. This is an amazing effort by local business and the community which highlights how important Loch Leven is to both the Kinross Community and visitors near and far, and we now aim to rebuild the hide in 2021.

We would like to thank local businesses, particularly Loch Leven Brewery for its special edition Phoenix Beer, developed to raise funds for the hide, and Pizza Via for their great fundraising raffle, as well as recognise the collective efforts of the community through sponsored events and raffles, with very generous donations from benefactors.


Now our thoughts have turned to the rebuild and we have appointed the same award winning architects Icosis to be involved.

The existing foundations have survived intact and will be re-used.

The hide’s purpose remains the same –to let visitors view Loch Leven and its internationally important numbers of ducks, geese and swans without causing disturbance. The hide and the approach path will separate the path and people from the birds on the loch to prevent scaring the wildlife.

Some ideas for improvements are being considered.

  • Fire-retardants – commercial timber treatments are available which make it more difficult to set alight.
  • Shou-Sugi Ban – A Japanese technique of charring timber which renders it fire and weather resistant. Volunteers could assist with creating this effect and it could provide a symbolism of the hide’s story.
  • An open back - so that it is easier to see into the hide from the path.
  • Improved security CCTV
  • A panoramic web camera on the hide – so that everyone can enjoy its stunning views.

These are all just ideas at the moment but we would like to ask what improvements you might like to see before any decisions are made. If you have suggestions or ideas please send them into us at [email protected] or via Facebook at Loch Leven NNR .

While the Rebuild the Mill Hide fund has now closed anyone can still donate to the reserve and future projects through our MyParkScotland account and selecting Loch Leven NNR.

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