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RSPB Loch Garten

#1 of 5 things to do in Boat of Garten Features Animals
| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
+44 1479 831476
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So special to see an osprey.

Despite the bad news with the chicks this year, it was wonderful to see EJ on the nest. The RSPB... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Badcat110
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Cornwall,UK
Wow

Came across this beautiful place in passing didn't go to the osprey centre so can't comment... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle B
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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 open all year round. It opens at 10am till 6.00pm, and last entry is at 5.00pm. There is a viewing area in the centre, with binoculars and telescopes to view the ospreys and other wildlife, plus live hi-definition CCTV pictures to give really good close up views of the birds on the nest. Red squirrels can often be seen on our feeders and a large array of small birds visit too. There are always knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers on hand to help you make the most of your visit and presentations on the previous year's osprey season are also given. There are activities and games for children both in the centre and on the walk up from the car park. The Osprey Centre shop stocks binoculars and telescopes, gifts, toys, cards, hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are picnic benches and garden benches outside if the weather allows! Two beautiful woodland walks take you through magnificent pine forest to tranquil Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie - one accessed from the Osprey Centre car park and the other from the nearby Loch Mallachie car park.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Despite the bad news with the chicks this year, it was wonderful to see EJ on the nest. The RSPB staff are brilliant and so patient explaining the facts about whats been going on. Great views from the scopes provided as well. Great to see...More

Thank Badcat110
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came across this beautiful place in passing didn't go to the osprey centre so can't comment. Pictures taken from the road. Stunning

Thank Michelle B
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Michelle, Loch Garten is indeed "wow!" but what a shame you didn't come to the Osprey Centre! Next time, maybe?!

Reviewed 1 week ago

What can I say except I just wanted to add to the exceptional reviews. Walk is decent, but Alison is a fantastic guide, and we were lucky to have sidekick Kenny too. Plus a few other knowledgable people in our group too. It made for...More

Thank Stephen M
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for reviewing your guided walk, Stephen and for such lovely comments about Alison (and sidekick-volunteer, Kenny!). We're delighted you enjoyed the experience and hope that you came away inspired. Many thanks.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sadly, we arrived days after Dad had deserted and the chicks died. Mum was around but clearly looking to find her absentee mate. Only visible for fleeting, distant moments. Nevertheless, the enthusiastic staff made our visit worthwhile. Better luck next year!

Thank Peterball1
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Peter, for coming to see us at the centre and for reviewing your visit. It's a shame that you visited at such an unhappy time for the ospreys, but like you say, there's always next year!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Holidaying in the area and so booked the guided walk. The RSPB Community Ranger Alison was exceptional, brilliant, knowledgeable and had great people skills. She brought the forest alive for us and although it's never guaranteed we saw plenty of birds including the crested tit,...More

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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Bless you! Thank you so much for your review of Alison's Caledonian Forest walk. We're delighted you enjoyed yourselves and saw so much wildlife. We'll certainly consider your price recommendation ;-) And yes, Alsion is FAB!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Considering how many times the experts must explain to visitors about the ospreys, they still manage to sound enthusiastic. Binoculars and telescopes are provided to help you see the magnificent birds yourself, and there are various close circuit TVs which give you close ups of...More

Thank tjsussex
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for reviewing your visit! We're pleased you enjoyed it and found the staff so good. Please come again next year...fingers corssed for chicks.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been visiting loch garten for 45 years! Always amazed to see the enthusiasm of the RSPB staff. Fortunately I visited just before the chicks died as the male osprey disappeared just as they had hatched. This must have been so hard for the staff...More

Thank stewart162
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Stewart, thank you so much for reviewing your visit to the Osprey Centre and for your support during what has been a very difficult time for the team here. It really helps, knowing that there are lots of folk who understand the decision we...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rspb member. Arrived too early. It dosent open until 10 am. Had a good walk alongside lake for an hour and then returned to go to see ospreys. Nice 400m trail to centre with lots of cameras on ospreys and scopes for viewing. Also other...More

Thank Richard C
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Richard, Thanks you for taking the time to review your visit to the Osprey Centre and for your support of the RSPB and nature conservation through your membership. We're delighted you had a good time and thanks for visiting.

Reviewed May 20, 2017

Visited Loch Garten a few years ago, good to see again. Very interesting and the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank AED123
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks you for your review of your visit and we're pleased you enjoyed visiting us again. Please don't leave it years before you come again!

Reviewed May 17, 2017

Its expensive for non members to visit as it costs 5 pounds per adult. You then have a short walk around to the hide where you look through binoculars to see the Osprey nest which is built so high that if the birds are sitting...More

Thank orrc1601
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit and we're sorry you found it disappointing. Unfortunately we can't do anything about the height of the osprey nest - ospreys usually nest at the top of tall trees with a good commanding view over...More

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Sophie S
Is this place suitable for a 1year old? He loves birds and thought this would be great for him.
June 5, 2017|
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Response from RSPBLochGarten | Property representative |
Hi Sophie, yes, we have plenty of activities for children too - including bug hunting (obviously he'll need a bit of help!) and we have small bird feeders close to the windows, so he should get some pretty exciting views... More
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Esther C
Hello, my husband and I are birders from Hong Kong and plan to visit in early Aug. I would like to know if we need to become members of RSPB for entrance and car park?
June 3, 2017|
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Response from RSPBLochGarten | Property representative |
Hi Esther, no need for you to be RSPB members to visit, no. It's £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and the car park is free. We look forward to seeing you then.
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When is it open?
November 29, 2015|
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Response from Lynn L | Reviewed this property |
Opening times The Osprey Centre (including the shop and toilets) is open daily, 10 am to 6 pm from April to the end of August. Last entry to the centre is at 5 pm. During spring, the centre is also open daily for... More
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