Only a 20 minute drive from Aviemore, Loch Garten Osprey Centre offers the chance to get close to some of Scotland's most amazing 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 as well as the chance to see an array of forest birds and red squirrels.
There are family activities on offer, events throughout the year and friendly staff on hand to tell you more about the wildlife and the Abernethy forest. The centre also has a gift shop, refreshments and a picnic area.
Walk the woodland trails through this gorgeous reserve for the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, join us at the Osprey Centre 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 and was named Nature Reserve of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards Competition, 2017.
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 Outdoor 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 for wheelchair users, and a number of different height viewing slots that provide excellent views of nesting ospreys.
Disabled parking bays available and cars may be driven to the centre entrance by arrangement.
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.