RSPB Scotland Loch Gruinart nature reserve

Nature Centres & Reserves

RSPB Scotland, Bushmill Cottages, Gruinart, Bridgend, Isle of Islay, Argyll And Bute, PA44 7PP

    RSPB Scotland Loch Gruinart reserve and visitor centre is open all year round with beautiful trails and hides and is great for corncrake, chough, deer, breeding waders, & wintering geese.

    There's always plenty to see at RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve. In autumn, thousands of white-fronted and barnacle geese arrive from Greenland. When they leave in spring, wading birds take centre stage, with the courtship displays of snipe, lapwings, redshanks and curlews. The corncrake starts its distinctive calling in May; Loch Gruinart is one of the best areas to catch a glimpse of these secretive birds.

    Watch it all take place from our viewing centre and hides, or on our Woodland or Moorland trails. Alternatively, join one of our regular walks.

    From April to October we offer weekly guided walks as well as special events to showcase seasonal highlights: in May join us on an evening stroll to seek out the elusive corncrake and its distinctive rasping call.

    Later in June we watch hen harriers hunting over the Moorland Trail and marsh fritillary butterflies in flight. The Woodland Trail is alive with colour from the bluebells in spring and with birdsong all summer. The willow warbler has an especially lovely song.

    As autumn falls lapwing flocks gather together and the flooded pools by the hides come to life again. 

    In winter Loch Gruinart is the place to be as tens of thousands of wintering geese arrive. Join a walk to witness the spectacle. 

    The reserve is open at all times. The visitor centre is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm except Christmas and New Year.  Admission is free but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome. There is a small charge for guided walks.

    Loch Gruinart is a working farm as well as a nature reserve. Dogs are allowed on the Woodland and Moorland trails provided they are kept under proper control. They are not permitted in the hide.

    3 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Tea & Coffee Available fully stocked tea and coffee machine


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Telephone Telepone available for island-landlines and any emergencies.
    • Toilets Public toilets, inc disabled.


    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location


    • Cycle Rack
    • Parking


    • Children Welcome


    • Level Access Disable parking and toilets at Visitor centre. Vehicle access for disabled visitors to the hide. Disable access to viewing platform.

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens Disable parking and toilets at visitor centre. Disabled access to hide and viewing platform
    • Dogs Welcome On leads at all times. Loch Gruinart is a working farm as well as a nature reserve.
    • Families See website for details of our extra summer events.
    • Groups Welcome For large groups, please phone ahead.
    • School Groups Welcome please phone for arrangements
    • Young People

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