RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch nature reserve

Nature Centres & Reserves

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4JF

    This wetland reserve is ideal for all the family as the trails, birdwatching hides and visitor centre are all easily accessible.

    As one of the few wetlands left in west Scotland, Lochwinnoch is an ideal day out for all the family. It's the perfect spot to watch whooper swans, wigeons and a wide variety of ducks during the winter months. In spring, you won't want to miss the elaborate displays of the great crested grebes.

    While you're here, look out for otters, and pop into our visitor centre for a light snack or a browse in the shop which has an array of bird feeding products, books, gifts, clothing, toys and binoculars and telescopes.

    We aim to make all of our events suitable for the whole family and run daily activities including pond dipping and bug hunting (April to October), our Monthly Wildlife Challenge, Bird Bingo and much more besides. We have a treetop tower with indoor games and activities - why not try the Treehouse Quiz?

    The reserve is open at all times. The visitor centre is open daily from 10 am-5 pm with the exception of 25-26 December and 1-2 January, when the centre is closed.

    Free entry to visitor centre, viewing area and shop. Admission fee for nature trails: £3 adult, £2 concessions, £1.50 child, family ticket (minimum three people - one child free with at least one paying adult). Free for RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members.

    4 Wildlife Experience
    Assisted wheelchair access
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    We are closed on 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January.

    Ticket Information
    Visitor Centre Free

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Shop We sell a selection of fairtrade drinks and snacks.
    • Snack Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Toilets Available during opening hours

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Cycle Hire Nearby Available at Castle Semple visitor centre, approx. 1 mile from RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch visitor centre.
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area Natural play area - bring your wellies, waterproofs and a sense of adventure!


    • Level Access Our visitor centre, toilets, nature trails and viewing hides are accessible to wheelchair users. We have large print versions of some of our leaflets and always welcome feedback on how we can make our facilities more inclusive.
    • Picnic Area

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Dogs Welcome This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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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
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Tactile routes for visitors with visual impairments
      • only in some places
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp
    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 2
      • There is a handrail by the steps


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • 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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