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About Udale Bay

Oystercatchers mating

Image: Graham Catley

From late summer to April you can see thousands of wildfowl and wading birds here. Come an hour or two either side of high tide to be rewarded with spectacular views of flocks of flying birds. In autumn up to 5,000 wigeons feed here, while if you want to see an osprey fishing in the water, late summer is the time to come.

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.

Entrance charges

None, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcomed.

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: 57.657780,-4.159441
  • Grid reference: NH712651
  • Nearest town: Dingwall, Highland
  • County: Highland
  • Country: Scotland

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