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.
Ben Lawers is Scotland’s tenth highest Munro and the National Nature Reserve encompasses nine mountains within the southern slopes of the Ben Lawers and Tarmachan ranges, seven of which are Munros.
For walkers, there’s a selection of routes to suit all abilities – from the 1 mile, family-friendly Edramucky Trail to a testing trek across the Meall nan Tarmachan ridge. The most popular routes all start from the car park.
Pick up a copy of the Edramucky Trail booklet to find out about wildlife and the Trust’s pioneering conservation work here.
Children can follow their own version of the Edramucky Trail – the Caterpillar Trail.
There is a large car park at Ben Lawers but the access road is unsuitable for coaches. Your contribution of £2 for parking directly funds conservation and management work on the reserve.
During the summer, the rangers host a varied programme of events, including walks for young nature lovers.
School visits are welcome and ranger-led activities to meet curriculum requirements can be organised by arrangement. Group visits are also welcome and special interest tours led by the rangers can be arranged on request. However, access to the car park at Ben Lawers is not suitable for coaches.
Two parking bays in the car park are reserved for disabled badge holders. Some of the lower paths are accessible to wheelchair users with assistance.
There are no toilets on site – the nearest public toilets are in Killin, 6 miles away.
Ben Lawers car park is 6 miles north-east of Killin, north of Loch Tay, on the hill road off the A827.