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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

This nature reserve is important for wildlife and is also a working farm. 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) and in areas with livestock we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.

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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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