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About Nigg Bay

Whooper swan calling

Image: Graham Catley

Nigg Bay is an extensive area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland on the Cromarty Firth. Visit any time between October and March and you're sure to see countless wading birds and wildfowl, such as bar-tailed godwits, knots, pink-footed geese and wigeon, feeding and roosting on the mudflats, moving with the tide in and out of the bay.

The best time to visit is two hours either side of high-tide, as the birds are pushed up closer to the hide.

The summer months bring breeding birds to the wetland areas and saltmarsh. We are also creating a new area of wet grassland to attract breeding lapwings and redshanks. There is a car park and wheelchair-accessible hide.

Under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code you have the right to responsible access. Please avoid disturbing feeding and roosting wading birds along the shoreline. Thank you.

Opening times

Open at all times, but the best time to visit is a couple of hours either side of high tide.

Entrance charges

It's free, but donations to help us continue our work here are gratefully accepted.

Information for dog owners

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. We request that dogs are kept out of the hides.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 57.73640,-4.00036
  • Grid reference: NH807730
  • Nearest town: Tain, Highland
  • County: Highland
  • Country: Scotland

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