RSPB Scotland Loch Garten Osprey Centre

Nature Centres & Reserves

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

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

    ·         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 and you can enjoy the intimacy of osprey family life close up.  There are family activities on offer, events throughout the year and friendly staff on hand to tell you more about the array of wildlife in the Abernethy forest.

    Walk the many paths through this gorgeous reserve for 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.  
          Abernethy Forest includes the biggest single remnant of Caledonian pinewood left in the UK.  Over a period of 200 years, we hope to almost double the area of the reserve's forest landscape.  It's a truly memorable place to visit.
         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: 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: free event..
    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.
    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.
    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. 
    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.
    4 Wildlife Experience
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015


    • 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.
    • Snack Bar Refreshments available Cold drinks, snacks, confectionery
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Groups Welcome


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome

    Payment Methods

    • VISA Card


    • 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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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


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


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

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


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