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When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to our non-invasive CCTV camera. The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, join us for Caper-watch and see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotland’s largest grouse.
The Osprey Centre (including the shop and toilets) is open daily, 10 am to 6 pm from April to the end of August. Last entry to the centre is at 5 pm. During spring, the centre is also open daily for Caper-watch (to see capercaillies) from 5.30 am to 8 am - check out the events page for details. While the Osprey Centre, shop and toilets are closed out of season, the wider reserve is open all year-round.
Osprey Centre charges: adults £5, concessions £3, under 16s £2. Family ticket £10 (up to two adults and four children). RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members - free.
Caper-watch: free event.
April to August, ospreys and other wildlife can be easily seen from Osprey Centre. Expert help/interpretative staff always available, as are binoculars and telescopes. Expert-led programme of guided walks (May to August).
Osprey Centre interpretation is suitable for all ages. There is a quiz sheet for children, drawing table for tots and low-set telescopes and binoculars.
We welcome responsible dog walkers to the reserve. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) please keep your dog close to you, preferably on a lead. When walking in the forest there are risks of disturbance to 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 Osprey Centre, except guide dogs.
Abernethy is home to a number of spectacular birds and other wildlife. Please help us keep it special.
Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.