COVID UPDATE: Car parks and trails are open at Loch Garten. The Loch Garten Nature Centre, shop and toilets will reopen on 1 May 2021. The track to Forest Lodge and car park at this location are currently closed. 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
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.
Only a 20 minute drive from Aviemore, Loch Garten Nature Centre offers the chance to get close to some of Scotland's most amazing wildlife.
Abernethy is a nature reserve that is ancient, wild and immeasurably special – a place so extraordinary that it can feel like another country. Nestled in Abernethy, the Loch Garten Nature Centre is the perfect spot to experience this amazing forest. Our team are on hand to help with CCTV screens, binoculars and telescopes to help you to get great views. An exhibition, daily talks and family activities ensure there’s something for everyone. Our shop sells gifts, binoculars, books, sandwiches, snacks and hot drinks. So you can take your coffee onto the forest decking and watch the birds close up at the feeders!
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.
The Nature Centre is open daily, 10 am–5.30 pm from April to mid-October. Last entry is 4.30pm. The wider Abernethy reserve is open all year.
Adults £5, student £3.50, children £2.50 (free entrance for first child, under 5s go free). Free for RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members.
For further information on accessibility please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-loch-garten-osprey-centre
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 Nature Centre, except guide dogs.