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RSPB Loch Garten

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very Interesting & Great for Kids

We visited on August 24th and although we didn't actually see EJ the staff had loads info about her... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
North West England, United Kingdom
Pretty and pleasant

A nice place to visit and good for wildlife for all tastes and understandings - however let down... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glenn A
Oxford, United Kingdom
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RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre sits amidst the stunning Caledonian pineforest, just a short walk from the shores of beautiful Loch Garten. The centre is open every day from April 1 to the first weekend in September, though the rest of the reserve is...more
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| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
+44 1479 831476
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on August 24th and although we didn't actually see EJ the staff had loads info about her and everything else about the centre and ospreys in general, lots of "oh wow I never knew that" moments. There were loads of other birds to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Wozzzaman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice place to visit and good for wildlife for all tastes and understandings - however let down slightly in the off season by the fact that there isn't much there (nothing they can do about that I understand) and no staff to offer any...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

Is a very pretty little place. There are great walks along the Loch or through the woodland. It's great to feed the coal tits, who will come and feed out of your hand. Can usually also see great spotted woodpeckers and crested tits.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Katie C
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We managed to turn up the day after the centre closed, which was very dissappointing as we had come a long way. But we did not let it spoil our visit and my husband went off with other Birders and walked for miles. I walked...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Travel_Teddybears
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

We rocked up to one of the little parking areas picked up a trail and had a very relaxing walk for 3 hours. Loch garden on the outskirts of the trails. Spotted red squirrels, Ospreys and got a great picture of a Merlin checking us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

only open until September because the osprey leave in September. it has a shop which was not open. you can do a nice walk though leading up to the centre. fairies are living there as well and are looked after! there are benches in front...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 242corab
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

Of course the Ospreys have departed for warmer climes & the Centre is closed. Heard but didn't see the Geese nor did we manage Crested Tits. Are they resident or winter visitors. The walks are fine if you have the weather. Free parking for motorhome...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sandra L
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Hi Sandra, Thanks for your review of your visit to Abernethy National Nature Reserve. As you say, you came to the reserve out of season, therefore the Osprey Centre facilities are all shut for the winter. The centre isn't heated or insulated, so it really...More

Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

We started at Loch Garten and walked through the forest to Loch Mallachie. Suddenly you have a reall great view about the mirror flat surface of that lake. Great for taking pictures, good light here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sunshine176505
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place on the edge of loch Garten. Flourishing bird life present throughout the trails at the site. Friendly, knowledgeable staff at the visitor centre with really good signage and viewing facilities. Worth a visit for anyone.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sammathes0n
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Very kid-friendly, this facility was set up and is maintained by heroes. Happy to give them a donation so future generations can enjoy a view of the impressive protected osprey nest - and help many other creatures.

Date of experience: August 2018
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April 10, 2018|
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Response from 266Aladdin | Reviewed this property |
round the main walks yes. but not into the rspb bit. as the sign says only guide dogs that don't smoke are aloud in there. rspb bit takes 30mins. main walks are a couple hours if you go straight round but could easy spend... More
January 26, 2018|
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Response from Abernethy1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but with a little assistance for most people. Reasonably level but unpaved access. Might be best to give them a call as our visit was a while ago now :(
September 6, 2017|
Response from AED123 | Reviewed this property |
The visitor centre is open from April to August if I remember correctly. You could check online to make sure I am right.