COVID UPDATE: The visitor centre, toilets, car park, play area, hides and trails are open at the reserve. Masks must be worn (unless exempt) in hides, with distancing advised. Numbers inside the hides will therefore be restricted at any one time. Please follow the instructions on site and be considerate of other users. 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
Only 30 minutes from Glasgow city centre by car or train, this wetland reserve is an ideal spot to get away from it all and enjoy some amazing wildlife with the family.
As one of the few wetlands left in west Scotland, Lochwinnoch is the perfect spot to watch whooper swans, wigeons and a wide variety of ducks during the winter months and in spring you won't want to miss the elaborate displays of the great crested grebes.
The reserve has an outdoor natural play area, an accessible trail and runs events suitable for the whole family as well as daily drop-in kids activities, pond dipping and bug hunting (April to October).
While you're here, look out for otters, and pop into our visitor centre for a light snack or a browse in the shop which has an array of bird feeding products, books, gifts, clothing, toys and binoculars and telescopes.
For more information on accessibility please visit https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-lochwinnoch
The reserve is open at all times. The visitor centre is open daily from 10 am-5 pm with the exception of 25-26 December and 1-2 January, when the centre is closed.
Free entry to visitor centre, viewing area and shop. Admission fee for nature trails: £3 adult, £2 concessions, £1.50 child, family ticket (minimum three people - one child free with at least one paying adult). Free for RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members.
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 would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.