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About Loch Gruinart

Feeding flock of barnacle geese, RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve, Islay

Image: Andy Hay

There's always plenty to see at Loch Gruinart. In autumn, thousands of white-fronted and barnacle geese arrive from Greenland. When they leave in spring, wading birds take centre-stage, with the courtship displays of snipe, lapwings, redshanks and curlews.

Watch it all take place from our viewing centre and hides, or on one of our trails. During the summer months we offer guided walks, when we'll listen out for the corncrakes in the evening, or take a stroll through one of our trails searching out treecreepers, willow warblers, roe deer and speckled wood butterflies in the Woodland Trail, or on the higher Moorland Trail look out for hen harriers, golden eagles, red deer and marsh fritillary butterflies.

Opening times

The reserve is open at all times. The visitor centre is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome. There is a small charge for our guided walks.

Information for dog owners

Loch Gruinart is a working farm as well as a nature reserve. Dogs are allowed on the Woodland and Moorland trails provided they are kept under proper control. They are not permitted in the hide.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 55.82095,-6.35222
  • Postcode: PA44 7PR
  • Grid reference: NR275672
  • Nearest town: Bridgend, Islay
  • County: Argyll and Bute
  • Country: Scotland

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