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RSPB Loch Garten

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Address: | Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
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+44 1479 831476
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre sits amidst the stunning Caledonian...

RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre sits amidst the stunning Caledonian pineforest, just a short walk from the shores of beautiful Loch Garten. The centre is open every day from April 1 to the first weekend in September, though the rest of the reserve is open all year round. It opens at 10am till 6.00pm, and last entry is at 5.00pm. There is a viewing area in the centre, with binoculars and telescopes to view the ospreys and other wildlife, plus live hi-definition CCTV pictures to give really good close up views of the birds on the nest. Red squirrels can often be seen on our feeders and a large array of small birds visit too. There are always knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers on hand to help you make the most of your visit and presentations on the previous year's osprey season are also given. There are activities and games for children both in the centre and on the walk up from the car park. The Osprey Centre shop stocks binoculars and telescopes, gifts, toys, cards, hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are picnic benches and garden benches outside if the weather allows! Two beautiful woodland walks take you through magnificent pine forest to tranquil Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie - one accessed from the Osprey Centre car park and the other from the nearby Loch Mallachie car park.

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I have visited RSPB Loch Garten many many times! 100 plus. It is a beautiful and peaceful area all year round. If you have time, and it is open, visit the Osprey centre too... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited RSPB Loch Garten many many times! 100 plus. It is a beautiful and peaceful area all year round. If you have time, and it is open, visit the Osprey centre too. Remember that your entry payment goes to the RSPB, so well worth it. Why not become a member and visit as often as you wish and... More 

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Thank SgtCheese
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even in the car park there are thousands of birds, including the rare crested tit, walk a bit further to the osprey hide and there are red squirrels too. Take bird food and feed tiny little coal tits by hand- lovely !

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Thank CathyGilman
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Hi Cathy, Thanks for your review and we're pleased you enjoyed your visit, even out of season. Coal tits feeding from your hand is one if the Best things! Hope to see you during the osprey season - we open on April 1st. More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked through the forest and along the loch during a snow shower and it was magical.Really enjoyed it even though the ospreys were not there

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Thank malik044
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing your visit! We have to agree - Loch Garten is magical, anytime of year and in any weather. The ospreys should be returning soon and we open on April 1 at 10am. Hope to see you there! More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to have a lovely long walk on a winters day, and had read that you can hand feed birds in the car park. Had a bash and were delighted to feel how light these little creatures are. Then we walked through the forest and got lovely close up views of Crested Tits too.

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Thank SallyO85
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Hi Sally, thank you for your review. It made me smile, as that's exactly what I always think every time a coal tit lands on my hand - and just how delicate their claws are too :-) We're delighted you enjoyed yourself and had such a memorable wildlife encounter. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff are just amazing! They are very knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic about they're work. If you time it right you can see the Bird of Prey chicks in the nests via the live cam's. The shop sells a range of gifts, books and soft toys. There is also a hot drinks machine and some snacks.

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Thank MDHarding
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're really pleased you think our staff are amazing! We do too :-) We'll soon be open for the new season - April 1 at 10am! Hope to see you sometime over the summer. Cheers. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Spent an afternoon here watching in awe at the Ospreys. Fantastic to see these birds in their natural habitat and safe from human harm. The staff were very friendly and very informative. Lots of other interesting birds to see.

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Thank Laura C
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Hi Laura, Thank your for reviewing your visit. We're delighted you enjoyed watching the ospreys and chatting to the team. Please come again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Only did a small section of this loch and it is a great location and really beautiful setting. Was snow showers when we we visited and made a really great setting.

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Thank Kierin R
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Kierin. We're pleased you enjoyed Loch Garten. Come again when we're open - April 1st! Can't promise it won't be snowing still ;-) More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Centre closed in winter but well worth a walk around the surrounding paths. The scarce Crested Tit can often be seen as can waterfowl on nearby lochs

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Thank kennethbruce2016
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Kenneth. Yes, you'll have to come back April 1 to September 3 for the full Loch Garten experience! Hope to see you then! More 

Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

It is well worth a visit really good views of the birds round the feeders in winter time take some bird food the Coal Tits will come to your hand. Centre is not open in winter time but it's worth a walk up to it

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Thank Peter H
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Peter. The coal tits feeding from your hand are really special, aren't they? More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Views over Loch Garten itself can be spectacular especialy during the "golden hour" before sunset for artists and photographers . Walks through the forest very rewarding but only if you have stout footwear as paths can be uneven and muddy

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Thank Tudor J
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Tudor J. Couldn't agree more about the "golden hour". Loch Garten is such a special place to be, and that's the best time to be there, for sure. Cheers. More 

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