Loch Garten Osprey Centre

Nature Centres & Reserves

C/c Rspb, Forest Lodge, Nethybridge, Inverness-shire, PH25 3EF

    The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is the ideal spot to observe these magnificent birds.

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    When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to our non-invasive CCTV camera.

    The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, join us for Caper-watch and see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotland’s largest grouse.
    Opening times
    The Osprey Centre is open daily, 10 am–6 pm from April to the end of August. Last entry to the centre is at 5pm. During spring, the centre is also open daily for Caper-watch (to see capercaillies) from 5.30 am to 8 am. Whilst the Osprey Centre is closed out of season, the wider reserve is open all year round.
    Entrance charges
    Osprey Centre charges: adults £5, concessions £3, under 16s £2. Family ticket £10 (up to two adults and four children). RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members - free. Caper-watch: adults - non-members £3, members £1, children free.
    If you are new to birdwatching...
    April to August, ospreys and other wildlife can be easily seen from Osprey Centre. Expert help/interpretative staff always available, as are binoculars and telescopes. Expert-led programme of guided walks (May to August).
    Information for families
    Osprey Centre interpretation is suitable for all ages. There is a quiz sheet for children, drawing table for tots and low-set telescopes and binoculars.
    Information for dog owners
    We welcome responsible dog walkers to the reserve. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) please keep your dog close to you, preferably on a lead. When walking in the forest there are risks of disturbance to capercaillie and their young. We therefore ask you to keep your dog on a lead at all times in these areas. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the Osprey Centre, except guide dogs.
     
    Facilities tab
    ·         Visitor centre
    ·         Information centre
    ·         Car park : for up to 40 cars and three coaches. No height restrictions or barriers. Three 'Sheffield-type' bicycle stands.
    ·         Toilets
    ·         Disabled toilets
    ·         Baby-changing facilities
    ·         Live camera
    ·         Group bookings accepted
    ·         Guided walks available
    ·         Remote location
    ·         Good for walking
    ·         Pushchair friendly
    Viewing points
    The Osprey Centre overlooks the osprey nest. Much other wildlife also seen at and from the Centre.
     
    Nature trails
    Path from Osprey Centre car park to Centre is 280 m along a smooth-surfaced, compacted gravel track, easily negotiable by wheelchair. Self-propel and transit wheelchair available and staff assistance if required. Wider network of forest trails not accessible by wheelchair. Red, green and blue trails available: blue (2.5 km) links Osprey Centre with public transport and Speyside Way. Red (2 km) and green (1.5 km) trails are through native pinewood.
     
    Refreshments available
    Cold drinks, snacks, confectionery
    Shop
    The shop has a range of optical equipment from basic to high definition models; including RSPB, WPG, BGPC and Viking brands. We also stock a range of bird foods and birdcare equipment, a good selection of bird and wildlife books, videos, DVDs and CDs, as well as gifts and souvenirs, including children’s items.
     
    Accessibility
     
    Access to visitor centre
    The visitor centre is 350 m from the car park along a wide, rolled stone path with a short section of 1:15 gradient. A 1:20 ramp gives access to the centre.  
    The Osprey Centre is all on one level with no steps or ramps. There are low-mounted optics and interpretative materials for wheelchair users, and there are a number of different height viewing slots that provide excellent views of nesting ospreys.
    Live CCTV pictures of the nest are relayed back to the centre and staff describe what is happening. Telescopes and binoculars are also available to use. Seats are available. Information displays with some tactile elements are easily accessible. The shop is fully accessible to wheelchair users and staff are available to help with purchases. Gift shop aisles and display counters are accessible to wheelchairs. 
    Toilets
    Toilet facilities are wheelchair accessible. One unisex, adapted toilet 25 m from Osprey Centre car park and 325 m from Osprey Centre. 
    Car parking
    There are two car parks. The Osprey Centre car park has a rolled, even surface and there are three disabled parking bays. Cars may be driven to the centre entrance by arrangement. Loch Mallachie car park has a natural, even surface.
     
    Wheelchair loan
    One available from Osprey Centre. Telephone to pre-book or ask at reception on arrival. Staff are available to help wheelchair users.
     
    Help for visually impaired visitors
    Osprey nest microphones provide help for those with a hearing impairment. Staff assistance is also available to provide descriptions of the CCTV pictures.
     
    Gradings
    4 Wildlife Experience
    Awards
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Catering

    • Snack Bar Refreshments available Cold drinks, snacks, confectionery
    • Shop The shop has a range of optical equipment from basic to high definition models; including RSPB, WPG, BGPC and Viking brands. We also stock a range of bird foods and birdcare equipment, a good selection of bird and wildlife books, videos, DVDs and CDs, as well as gifts and souvenirs, including children’s items.

    Domestic

    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Groups Welcome

    Children

    • Baby Changing Facilities Available

    Payment Methods

    • VISA Card

    Transport

    • Parking for up to 40 cars and three coaches. No height restrictions or barriers. Three 'Sheffield-type' bicycle stands.

    Transport within Scotland

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    General

    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility

    Parking

    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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