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RSPB Loch Gruinart Reserve

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Loch Gruinart, Bridgend PA44 7PR, Scotland
+44 1496 850505
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Visit spoilt in what looked a good venue BUT ---- Drainage works

Isle of Islay, one needed a car to access Loch Gruinart. Quite a nice visitor centre and trails... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2017
Luton, United Kingdom
Captivating experience.

This is well worth a visit. The visitors centre is very informative and you can combine bird... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2017
Preston, United Kingdom
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Loch Gruinart is a working farm as well as a nature reserve.There's always plenty to see at Loch Gruinart. In autumn, thousands of white-fronted and barnacle geese arrive from Greenland. When they leave in spring, wading birds take centre-stage, with the courtship displays of snipe, lapwings, redshanks and curlews. Watch it all take place from our viewing centre and hides, or on one of our trails. During the summer months we offer guided walks, when we'll listen out for the corncrakes in the evening, or take a stroll through one of our trails searching out treecreepers, willow warblers, roe deer and speckled wood butterflies in the Woodland Trail, or on the higher Moorland Trail look out for hen harriers, golden eagles, red deer and marsh fritillary butterflies.
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Loch Gruinart, Bridgend PA44 7PR, Scotland
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Isle of Islay, one needed a car to access Loch Gruinart. Quite a nice visitor centre and trails around Loch Gruinart looked good being full of dragonflies and small birds. However when trying to see the waders from the hides, very disappointing. The very wet...More

Thank shark939
Reviewed September 9, 2017

This is well worth a visit. The visitors centre is very informative and you can combine bird watching with two walks.On the woodland walk we were able to photograph a deer at close quarters.The hides are well positioned and there is plenty of activity to...More

Thank George647
Reviewed August 9, 2017

We were lucky enough to have a talk from the volunteer ranger on the day we visited and able to have lots of questions answered. What surprised me was the fact that they have a model farm of rare cattle breeds - and i haven't...More

1  Thank Anne C
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

We visited in July with children aged 3-9. The staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful. Although the decibel level of our children meant that the bird spotting was limited, the walks were lovely. The facility is completely free - although donations for tea, coffee and...More

Thank Ruth J
Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

Easy to reach the centre by car, and interesting displays once there. Paths are easily reached from car park and two comfortable hides provide good viewing of the birds.

Thank Ronald H
Reviewed July 2, 2017

Wet when we went but both hides were comfortable. We couldn't go on the organised walks but I think they would have been very good.

Thank Valmakin
Reviewed June 18, 2017

A great location with two substantial hides and a very good moorland walk which provides a panoramic view at the high point.

Thank ramblingrover
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately our weather was very changeable on the day of our visit with our two young granddaughters but still a good easy woodland walk - great visitor centre with activities for kids

Thank GlasgowSandy
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful area on Islay. When you arrive there is a unattended room with coffee and tea for a small donation. Inside there is a movie about Loch Gruinart Reserve. They have pictures of animals and birds you might see on your stay....More

Thank bootsnfuzz
Reviewed May 20, 2017

Helpful and friendly staff at the centre. Walked to both hides. Good selection of "Identity Posters" of the various birds. Remember to take binoculars.

Thank David T
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