Plan your visit
Covid-19 update: The trails and car parks at Loch Garten are open. The Nature Centre and toilets are currently closed and the track to Forest Lodge and the car park at this location also remain closed. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
The wider reserve and woodland trails are open all year-round. Please access the reserve responsibly.
The centre is open daily from 10am – 5.30pm (last entry at 4.30pm), between 1 April and the end of October.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Car park cost
- Other discounts
Visitor centre is closed
Toilets are closed
Accessible toilets are closed
Baby changing is closed
Refreshments facilities are closed
Picnic area is closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
Shop is closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
Nearest mainline railway station is Aviemore (10 miles/16 km). From Aviemore take the B9150/A95 and follow RSPB Scotland Loch Garten Nature Centre road signs. A steam railway runs from Aviemore to Boat of Garten (4 miles/6.4 km) and Broomhill for Nethybridge (5.5 miles/8.8 km) April-October.
Nearest bus stop is on the B970. The bus route is Service 34 from Aviemore to Grantown on Spey (ask for Raebreck junction). From here a dedicated footpath leads to the Nature Centre (1.6 miles/2.5 km).
This reserve is on Route 7 of the National Cycle Network.
In Strathspey, from the outskirts of Aviemore and Grantown, follow RSPB Scotland Loch Garten Nature Centre road signs. Taxis include Aviemore Taxis, tel: 01479 810141; Gerry’s Aviemore Taxis, tel: 01479 812000.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
The Speyside Way links Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge close to the Nature Centre which connects via a dedicated path, or the bus will drop you at the Raebreck junction which is a 1.6 mile walk to the Centre.
A network of trails stemming from the Speyside Way footpath, links the Nature Centre with the villages of Boat of Garten and Nethybridge.
Information for dog owners
Between April 1 and August 15 you must keep dogs on a lead to protect ground-nesting birds, including capercaillie. Please keep dogs away from the loch during spring and summer, as it contains breeding birds. Dogs are not permitted at the Nature Centre, except assistance dogs.
Group booking information
We welcome pre-booked group visits to the Nature Centre and will happily provide a video presentation and wildlife interpretation to suit your group.
Schools booking information
The Nature Centre is a great place for children and young people to learn about wildlife and pre-school, school and college visits are welcome. Our Community Education Officer can plan and deliver Curriculum for Excellence linked activities to suit your class’s requirements. All visits are risk assessed. Charges are £2 per child, accompanying adults are free.
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