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RSPB Loch Garten

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| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
+44 1479 831476
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Great view of the lonely female

My wife and I visited the reserve at Loch Garten on the 7th of May, received a warm welcome at the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
MalcolmPG
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Appleby in Westmoreland
Not worth the admission fee

My partner and I went to the osprey centre with our 1 year old daughter as she loves watching... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christopher G
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Troon, 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 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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
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+44 1479 831476
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I visited the reserve at Loch Garten on the 7th of May, received a warm welcome at the entrance, were asked if we were members of RSPB which we are, and proceeded up to the visitor centre which was well equipped with...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I went to the osprey centre with our 1 year old daughter as she loves watching birds. Sadly the experience was a big disappointment for all of us. It started with a staff member who met us in front of the ticket...More

2  Thank Christopher G
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Christopher, Firstly, thank you for leaving a review of your visit to the Osprey Centre. It is important to us that we listen to all feedback, both positive and negative, and your review of your visit is important to us. I'm sorry you, your...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today with young children to do the "fairy walk". Lovely forest and loch, but all spoilt by the rspb staff. Straight of the bat we were met with over the top pressure selling for a rspb membership. Seemed like a nice idea at first...More

Thank 266Aladdin
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 266Aladdin, Firstly, thank you for your feedback on your visit to Loch Garten - it is always important to us to hear what our visitors think and we are grateful to you for taking the time to review your visit. I'm so very sorry...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited in April to see AJ, but she wasn't at home! This didn't spoil the visit as the staff were very attentive and showed us some footage they had taken. There were plenty other birds to see. We became members and...More

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to the Osprey Centre and an extra special thank you for supporting our conservation work through becoming RSPB members - it really does mean we can do more to help our native wildlife....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you can an early visit is well worthwhile if you are into wildlife. It was a bit quite when I was there 5/5 but everything is late this year but even so there was some good birds including the Osprey on nest also Redstarts...More

Thank Peter H
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for reviewing, Peter - I'm guessing you came to one of our special, early-morning openings in the Spring? It's a lovely time of day to be in the forest and we're delighted you enjoyed yourself.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Centre in mid April when the female osprey was in the nest and had just laid an egg. Was fantastic to see and the staff were so informative and was an enjoyable experience. Loved the little walk up with the fairies!

Thank StevePlant10
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting us and for reviewing your trip too. We pleased you enjoyed the centre and the staff (and the fairies too of course!)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were just about to leave when the female on the nest starting to call out. One of the wardens told us that the male was about to arrive and he did bringing a trout from nearby. The female took off with it to eat...More

Thank snapper332
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

An exciting visit! Thank you for reviewing it - we're delighted you saw some great osprey action!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went because we had heard that the the regular female was back and had laid eggs. The centre is well laid out, easy to access and has screens showing the nest osprey as well as plenty of binoculas and tellescopes for visitors to use....More

Thank Ian P
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for reviewing your visit, Ian!

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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Loved the quick visit and first hand experience of ospreys. Highly recommend to those that appreciate wildlife.

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

Thank you for your review of your visit - we're pleased you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

Saw the female sitting on her nest waiting for her beau to call, great views through the telescopes which are provided. Lovely gift shop and a kiddies corner. Saw an abundance of birds including a woodpecker. Enjoy able day out.

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

Thank you for your review! We're delighted you had a good time and saw plenty of wildlife. Thanks for visiting and see you again!

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Markybug73
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
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colmanek1
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 :(
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Dutch52
September 6, 2017|
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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.
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