COVID UPDATE: The car park, visitor centre, hides toilets and nature trails are open. Masks must be worn (unless exempt) in hides, with distancing advised. Numbers inside the hides will therefore be restricted at any one time. Please follow the instructions on site and be considerate of other users. All of Scotland’s wild places and green spaces are vital for the survival of its unique, amazing wildlife. If you plan to head out to these areas please respect and protect Scotland’s great outdoors and leave no trace. Thank you. #RespectProtectEnjoy #ScottishOutdoorAccessCode #CheckBeforeYouGo
Britain's largest dune loch is a joy to visit any time of year. In winter, thousands of wild geese, swans and ducks fly in, including 20 per cent of the world's population of pink-footed geese – it's a sight you'll never forget.
During spring and summer, you can see gulls, terns and wading birds raising their young, and you may catch a glimpse of an otter. With panoramic views from the visitor centre, there's plenty for families and children too.
Opening times The nature reserve and hides are open all year. The visitor centre is open every day from 9 am-5 pm except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Entrance charges Free, but donations are welcome.
For more information on accessibility at this reserve please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-loch-strathbeg
Information for families
Pond dipping equipment can be borrowed from the visitor centre.
Information for dog owners
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) and in areas with livestock we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.