Facilities at Loch Garten, Abernethy

Full facilities information

Visitor centre
  • The Osprey Centre opens daily, 10am - 6pm from April to the first Sunday in September. Last entry to the centre is at 5pm.
  • Two manual wheelchairs available on request.
Car park
  • 30 spaces
  • 2 Blue Badge spaces
  • Capacity for three coaches.
  • Free parking.
  • Natural lighting only.
  • No height restrictions.
  • Three 'Sheffield-type' bicycle stands.
  • Dropoff can be arranged for those with mobility problems.
Toilets

Accessible composting toilet with child-friendly seat and baby changing facilities.

Accessible toilets

Accessible composting toilet with child-friendly seat and baby changing facilities.

Refreshments
  • No cafe, but sandwiches, hot drinks and snacks are available from the Osprey Centre shop.
  • Shops and hotels in Boat of Garten/Nethy Bridge (3 miles/5 km).
Shop
  • The shop has a range of optical equipment from basic to high definition models; including RSPB, WPG, BGPC and Viking brands. We also stock a range of bird foods and birdcare equipment, a good selection of bird and wildlife books, videos, DVDs and CDs, as well as gifts and souvenirs, including children’s items.
  • The shop is open daily, 10 am to 5 pm from April to the first Sunday in September.
Baby changing

Located in accessible toilet.

Picnic area

Two wooden picnic benches at the osprey centre.

Pushchair friendly
Guided walks
Viewing point
  • The Osprey Centre overlooks the osprey nest.
  • Much other wildlife also seen at and from the Centre.
  • Live and recorded CCTV images and osprey nest microphone.
Nature trails
  • Open all year-round.
  • Big Pines - 0.5 miles / 0.8km - linear trail from the Osprey Centre car park to the Loch Mallachie car park, past some of the biggest Scots pines on the reserve.
  • Two Lochs  - 1.7 miles / 2.7km circular trail, from the Loch Mallachie car park, through Caledonian pineforest and past Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie.
  • Part of the Speyside Way 2.5 miles / 3.5km joining Nethybridge with Boat of Garten.
Educational facilities
  • RSPB Community Education Officer available for pre-booked pre-school, school and college groups.
  • All sessions are tailored to suit your needs and are Curriculum for Excellence linked.