Accessibility at Loch Ruthven

Summary accessibility statement

How to get here

By train

The nearest train station is at Inverness. From Inverness it may be possible to catch a bus to Croachy.

By bus

An infrequent service runs through Croachy - the bus stop is approximately one mile from the reserve. Contact D&E Coaches 01463 222 444.


By road

Loch Ruthven lies 16 miles (25 km) south-west of Inverness. Turn west off the A9 on the B851 towards Fort Augustus then, after eight miles (13 km), turn right at Croachy on to the unclassified road (reserve is signed). The reserve lies one mile (1.6 km) along that road on the left-hand side.


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.

Access to facilities

Nature trails access

500m from the car park to the hide, relatively level but narrow natural trail consisting of hard-packed earth, narrow boardwalks, boulders and rough woodland path.  

Viewing points
  • One hide with two steps to access and single height sash viewing windows, fixed benches without backs. 
  • Benches are located on the start of the trail.
  • 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 out of the Loch. Please clean up after your dog.