RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a special place for wildlife. Located on the south-east shores of the loch, the site has a variety of habitats from ancient woodlands to wildflower meadows and grasslands.
The reserve is at the start of its journey for visitors and this autumn and winter trails will open up access to areas that were difficult to get to before. Airey Woodland Trail winds down into the woodland and into a meadow nicknamed ‘Orchid Field’ due to the abundance of orchids there in summer, while Viewpoint Path is fully accessible and leads out to the breathtaking views of Ben Lomond and Conic Hill.
The Nature Hub offers wildlife information, family activities, and somewhere to get a hot drink with a beautiful view. It is an ideal place for families to go on an adventure as you can peer into the Mini-beast Mansion, go hunting for butterflies and frogs or even build a den in the woods. The Nature Hub will be staffed every weekend and school holidays during winter 10 am - 4 pm with the trails open 7 days a week. Please note that opening times may vary during the winter months.
Visitors can also explore different areas of the reserve on guided walks which will take place at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays up until 15 October 2017. After this date please check the special events listings. Wellies and a sense of adventure are essential on the walks as they can lead over muddy fields.
Special events are also run at the reserve. For more information on these please visit rspb.org.uk/lochlomond
All trails are suitable for pushchairs, but ground conditions off path will be muddy and uneven throughout.
Airey Woodland Trail (950m loop) – Woodland trail winding through coppiced alder woodland, leading into a wildflower meadow and past a small pond. The woodland is the a great place to look for tree pipits, bullfinches, tree creepers and goldcrests. The meadow in summer is buzzing with bees, butterflies and watch out for frogs by the pond too!
Viewpoint Path (200m) – Accessible path leading out to wonderful views of Ben Lomond and Conic Hill, overlooking the woodlands and fen of RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. In summer watch for soaring ospreys and listen to the birdsong from the woodlands close by. In winter watch skeins of skeins of geese making their way from their overnight roost to their daytime feeding grounds.
Shore wood Path (accessed via the Aber right of way) – Ancient oak woodlands along the loch shore. Look out for long-tailed tits, great spotted woodpeckers and if you’re lucky, redstarts in the summer. Out on the water watch out for great crested grebes and ospreys fishing and in the winter this is the favourite roosting place for 1000s of geese including pink-footed and Greenland white-fronted.
Nature hub opening times:
Open 10am – 4pm, weekends and school holidays.
Guided walks held on Saturdays and Sundays up until 15 October at 11am £5 for adults, £2.50 for kids (RSPB members £4, £2) Families are more than welcome on our guided walks. The trails are suitable for pushchairs, but ground conditions off path will be muddy and uneven throughout.
Toilet with accessible access will be open during Nature Hub opening times and for reserve events.
Entrance to Nature Hub And Trails are free, there are charges for activities, equipment hire, events and guided walks.
RSPB Scotland has been managing the site in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Scottish Natural Heritage since 2012, to make it an even better home for nature.
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 request that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead, clean up after your dog and that you keep to the paths.
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Access and directions:
A new access road has been build to the reserve from the A811 as well as a new visitor car park that boasts stunning views of the reserve. Please note that the car park has a height barrier of 2m and there is a disabled parking bay.
Please note, unfortunately our postcode doesn’t work for sat nav.
If you are coming from Drymen along the A811, heading for Balloch and Gartocharn, you will pass the Old Schoolhouse B&B on the right hand side. The entrance to RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is the next right hand turn. If you pass a property called Drummakill, then you have gone too far.
If you are coming from Balloch heading along the A811 to Drymen, you will need to drive through Gartocharn. As you leave the village there will be several bends after which you need to look out for the War Memorial and a property called Drummakill, which will be on your left hand side. The entrance to RSPB Loch Lomond is the next turning on the left. If you pass the Old Schoolhouse B&B, you’ve gone too far.
Follow the access track down the hill, the visitor car park is on the left hand side.
The nearest station is Balloch, you will need to take a bus or taxi to the Kilmaronock Millennium Hall in Gartocharn. From there, follow the directions under 'by bus'.
The nearest bus stop is Old Military road, Gartocharn. To reach the Millennium Hall turn off the A811 onto Church Road opposite the House of Darrach. Walk along church road until the Kilmaronock Millennium Hall. Follow the Aber Right of Way signpost on the right of the hall. This will take you through fields that can be extremely muddy at times. Follow the signs for Aber Right of Way and Loch Lomond NNR for 20min and you will reach the entrance of RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond.