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 a range of magnificent wildlife.

    ·         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 end of August. Last entry is 5pm. The wider Abernethy reserve is open all year. 
    Adults £5, concession £3, under 16s £2, family (up to two adults and four children) £10.  RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members: free.
    Information for dog owners:
    This nature reserve is an important place for wildlife.  We welcome responsible dog walkers to the reserve, in line with the Scottish Access Code.  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.
    Path from Osprey Centre car park to the Centre is wheelchair accessible, as is access to the Centre, toilets and shop.  There are low-mounted optics and interpretative materials for wheelchair users, and a number of different height viewing slots that provide excellent views of nesting ospreys.
    Car parking:
    Disabled parking bays available and cars may be driven to the centre entrance by arrangement.
    Wheelchair loan:
    Please 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
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • The main entrance has level access


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome

    Payment Methods

    • VISA Card


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


    • 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

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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


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


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

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

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