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About The Oa

View from Dun Athad towards Beinn Mhor, RSPB The Oa nature reserve

Image: Andy Hay

Rugged coastline and open moorland. The diversity of landscapes make this reserve a pleasure to visit. If you're new to birdwatching, why not come on one of our guided walks – you might see a rare chough or perhaps a golden eagle. Please take care on the cliffs.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

If you are new to birdwatching...

There are two guided walks per month from from April to October.

Information for dog owners

Please keep dogs under close control and stay clear of cattle, especially those with young calves.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 55.59825,-6.31637
  • Grid reference: NR282423
  • Nearest town: Port Ellen, Islay
  • County: Argyll and Bute
  • Country: Scotland

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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.