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Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve

Where lowland and highland meet

Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve (NNR) straddles the dividing line of the Highland Boundary Fault. It captures the best of both of Highlands and Lowlands.

There are woodlands and wetlands, scenic mountains and stunning wildlife. Whether you’re a keen naturalist of just want to enjoy a picnic on a lovely beach, Loch Lomond has everything.

Home to Scotland’s largest freshwater loch, the reserve also plays an important part in protecting species such as white-fronted geese and native oakwoods.

Soak up the fantastic views, or wander down to the loch shore to enjoy the rich wildlife of the Endrick Mouth. Listen out for the distinctive call of wintering geese flying in their constantly changing formations. Or watch the peaceful paddling of wigeon, teal and shelduck.

You can also enjoy a trip in an old-fashioned wooden ferry to wooded Inchcailloch island. A springtime carpet of wildflowers awaits, and birds dart from tree to tree. On Inchcailloch, take your pick of tranquil walks and explore the ancient kirkyard and burial ground festooned in velvety mosses.

Find out more about visiting Loch Lomond NNR and the wetlands on the north shore of the River Endrick.

Top attractions

  • Watch osprey fishing over the loch.
  • Look for wintering geese at dawn and dusk.
  • Soak up breathtaking views over Loch Lomond.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.

Contact

Reserve manager: David Pickett

Scottish Natural Heritage
Strathallan House
Castle Business Park
Stirling
FK 4TZ

Telephone: 01786 453354
Email: nnr@nature.scot

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

Related Links

Follow our NNR Facebook page for up-to-date information on reserves across Scotland.

Follow SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.

Find out more about our partners at Loch Lomond NNR – the RSPB, which manages RSPB Loch Lomond, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Loch Lomond NNR is a member of VisitScotland and the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).

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