Places to visit

Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

A must for walkers and nature-lovers

  • Ben Lawers has the most celebrated collection of rare mountain plants in Britain, as well as over 500 different types of lichen.

  • Look out for wildlife including red deer, ptarmigan, ravens, ring ouzels, skylarks and black grouse.

  • Visit in winter and you might be rewarded by the amazing sight of mountain hares dashing across the hillside in their brilliant white cold-weather coats.

  • Follow the Kiltyrie Hidden History Trail for a glimpse of the lives of people who lived here in days gone by.

Stretching 1,214m (3,984ft) into the sky, Ben Lawers is one of Scotland’s highest Munros. Hike to the summit above Loch Tay and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the rugged landscape from Glencoe to the Cairngorms.

But it’s not only hikers who’ll fall in love with the landscape. Ben Lawers is hugely significant for botanists as it is renowned for its arctic-alpine flora, many of which are rare and endangered species. Families can explore the Edramucky Trail to find out about nature and our pioneering conservation work here. Ben Lawers is also teeming with wildlife and is rich in archaeological remains.