Birdwatching in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

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  • One of Scotland's golden eagles.
    One of Scotland's golden eagles
  • Red kites in flight.
    Red kites in flight in the skies above Scotland
  • A guide on a wildlife spotting tour.
    Spotting wildlife with a professional guide

The landscapes of the Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley region offer innumerable opportunities for spotting some of Scotland’s most important and interesting species, including raptors like the rare red kite.

In areas such as Inversnaid on the east shore of Loch Lomond, where woodlands rise steeply, giving way to open moorland, tree pipits, great spotted woodpeckers and wood warblers can be found.

The lush forests of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Cowal support a good range of forest birds. Typical species include long-tailed and coal tits, chiffchaffs, wood, willow and garden warblers, jays, woodpeckers and woodcocks.

In the east, at Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Local Nature Reserve near Alloa, look out for great crested grebes, especially in springtime when they perform their special courtship dance. Wigeon, goldeneye ducks, the greater spotted woodpecker are also found and, if you’re really lucky, you might just catch sight of a kestrel hovering overhead in search of prey.

In the heart of the Trossachs, breeding ospreys can be seen at Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle, which has a camera trained onto an osprey’s nest, offering close up views of the parent birds with their chicks. Lochs Earn, Vorlich, Lubnaig, Eck and Voil offer rich pickings, with regular sightings of most of the common freshwater species such as wigeon, ducks, sandpipers, oystercatchers and ringed plovers.

Follow The Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail for the chance to see the incredible sight of these magnificent creatures prowl the sky, including peregrines, falcons and ospreys. You can even come face to face with Orla the golden eagle at the Bird of Prey Centre in Loch Lomond.

Browse our lists of birdwatching providers to plan your bird watching trip in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley today.

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  1. Loch Ardinning

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Killearn

    Located a mile from the town of Strathblane in Stirlingshire, Loch Ardinning supports a 142 hectare wildlife reserve.

  2. The Lodge, Forest Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

    The perfect place to start your forest adventure – lots to see and do and a café with one of the best views in Scotland

  3. Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Killin

    Famed for its botanical riches, the rare mixture of lime-rich underlying rocks, high altitude and climate mean Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is home to a wide array of plants.

  4. Scottish Wildlife Trust

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Grangemouth

    Welcome to Scottish Wildlife Trust

  5. Argaty Red Kites

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Doune

    Absent in Scotland’s skies for over a century, red kites are slowly making a comeback thanks to an exciting project to re-introduce them.

  6. Gradings

    Drymen

    Visitor centre comprising exhibition on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, geology and Highland Boundary Fault.

  7. Gradings

    Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

    Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park falls into four distinct parts: Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Breadalbane and Argyll Forest.

  8. Red Kite Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Stirling Area

    Situated just north of Stirling, the Argaty Red Kites is Central Scotland’s only red kite feeding station with up to 30 birds to be seen.

  9. Bird of Prey Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    The Trossachs

    Covering several top wildlife watching areas, the Bird of Prey Trail in the Trossachs is a great destination for wildlife watching and outdoor pursuits.

  10. Loch Lomond Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Luss

    A loch famous the world over for its wooded shores. The reserve is also home to a varied range of wildlife.

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