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About Loch Garten

Loch Garten osprey centre

Image: Andy Hay

When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to our non-invasive CCTV camera.

The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, join us for Caper-watch and see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotland’s largest grouse.

Opening times

The Osprey Centre is open daily, 10 am–6 pm from April to the end of August. Last entry to the centre is at 5pm. During spring, the centre is also open daily for Caper-watch (to see capercaillies) from 5.30 am to 8 am - check out the Loch Garten Events section for details. Whilst the Osprey Centre is closed out of season, the wider reserve is open all year round.

Entrance charges

Osprey Centre charges: adults £5, concessions £3, under 16s £2. Family ticket £10 (up to two adults and four children). RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members - free. Caper-watch: adults - non-members £3, members £1, children free.

If you are new to birdwatching...

April to August, ospreys and other wildlife can be easily seen from Osprey Centre. Expert help/interpretative staff always available, as are binoculars and telescopes. Expert-led programme of guided walks (May to August).

Information for families

Osprey Centre interpretation is suitable for all ages. There is a quiz sheet for children, drawing table for tots and low-set telescopes and binoculars.

Information for dog owners

We welcome responsible dog walkers to the reserve. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) please keep your dog close to you, preferably on a lead. When walking in the forest there are risks of disturbance to capercaillie and their young. We therefore ask you to keep your dog on a lead at all times in these areas. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the Osprey Centre, except guide dogs.

What can I do?

Abernethy is home to a number of spectacular birds and other wildlife. Please help us keep it special.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 57.24402,-3.69517
  • Grid reference: NH978183
  • Nearest town: Aviemore, Highland
  • County: Highland
  • 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.

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