Plan your visit
Covid-19 update: The car park and trails are open at this reserve although the hides remain closed for now.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Viewing points are closed
How to get here
The nearest train station to the reserve is Elgin. You will need to to continue your journey by foot/bike or taxi: turn right onto Station Road and cross straight over at the roundabout on to Maisondieu Road, continue to the next roundabout. Cross straight over onto Pansport Road, which becomes Newmill Road, crossing the bridge over the River Lossie and continue past Johnston’s of Elgin. Take the third right (signed Pitgaveny) onto Calcots Road, then veer left after 150 yards (140m) on to single track Pitgaveny Road. Continue down this road for 0.8 miles (1.3km) to the crossroads. Continue straight over the crossroads and down the single-track road for 1.4 miles (2.2km), including veering sharp left to follow the course of the road. Take the farmtrack on the left signed "Loch Spynie/Scarffbanks farm". The reserve entrance is half a mile (0.8km) down the track, to the right-hand side when you reach the farm. 3.7 miles (6km) in total.
There are no useful nearby bus stops to the reserve.
The nearest SUSTRANS route is Route 1.
From the B9103 (accessed from the A96 east of Elgin or Lossiemouth), take the road signposted for Pitgaveny, 2.2 miles (3.5km) from Lossiemouth and 3.7 miles (6km) from A96. Follow this for 0.9 miles (1.4km) to the farm track on the right-hand side signed "Loch Spynie /Scarffbanks Farm". The carpark can be found after half a mile (0.8km) on the right-hand side at the end of the track.
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.
Information for dog owners
Dogs must be under close control due to presence of livestock and wildlife.