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.
Abernethy is ancient, wild and immeasurably special.
Reaching from the River Nethy to the top of Ben Macdui (Britain’s second highest mountain), it boasts ancient Caledonian pineforest, sweeping moorland, vital wetland and dramatic mountains. Not to mention the world-famous Loch Garten Osprey Centre.
Loch Garten is the place that ospreys returned to in the 1950s after a period of extinction in the UK - they still return here every spring to breed. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre has views onto the nest, plus hi-definition remote viewing and our very own osprey webcam. Red squirrels, bank voles, crested tits and lots of other woodland birds visit our feeders and our friendly staff will help you have a memorable visit.
We have a range of nature activities available for families and a programme of events throughout the year, including regular forest guided walks. Our shop sells gifts, binoculars, books, wildlife care, sandwiches, ice creams, snacks and hot drinks.
2019 - Loch Garten’s 60th Anniversary Exhibition
This exhibition celebrates the pioneering early days of osprey protection and promotion at Loch Garten, featuring original letters and memos it shines a spotlight on some of the heroes of the day and those who pushed the boundaries of nature conservation. We also come up to date with some of today's wildlife heroes and challenge our visitors to make their own contribution to nature conservation. This exhibition has been kindly supported by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.
Abernethy Forest is a truly memorable place to visit and was named Nature Reserve of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards Competition, 2017.Help us protect this exceptional nature reserve and the wildlife which lives here by following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and advice from the Cairngorms National Park Authority.
The Osprey Centre is open daily, 10 am–6 pm from April to first Sunday of September. 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, free to YoungScot card holders 2018.
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) and when walking in the forest or by the loch there is risk of disturbance to wildlife including 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.