COVID-19 update: Trails and hides are open at this reserve but the car park is currently closed. Please follow the guidance on site regarding distancing and maximum numbers in the hides. Masks should be worn inside the hide unless exempt.
If you'd like to visit a remote, tranquil wildlife haven, and enjoy the chance to see birds of prey such as hen harriers and merlins, this is the place to come. It's now home to one of the highest densities of breeding curlews in Europe, as well as the occasional short-eared owl, so you have a good chance of seeing something special.
Open at all times. Free entry, though donations to help us continue our work here are welcomed
Information for families
Wildlife Explorer backpacks are available from the Stromness Office. These contain binoculars, identification guides for birds and other species, bug jars etc. to help children get the most from their visit.
For more information on the accessibility of this reserve please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-cottascarth-and-rendall-moss
Information for dog owners
This nature reserve is important for wildlife and is also a working farm. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. As this is a working farm we request that dogs are not brought to the reserve. If you do bring your dog please keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and avoid areas with livestock.