Plan your visit
COVID-19 update: The car park and trails are open with the Visitor Centre, shop, toilets and hides open 10am - 5pm daily.
Festive opening times:
- Christmas Eve: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 10am - 3pm
- Christmas Day: Visitor centre, shop and toilets closed
- Boxing Day: Visitor centre, shop and toilets closed
- 27 December: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 11am - 4pm
- 28 December: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 11am - 4pm
- 29 December: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 11am - 4pm
- 30 December: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 11am - 4pm
- 31 December: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 11am - 3pm
- New Years Day: Visitor centre, shop and toilets closed
- 2 January: Visitor centre, shop and toilets closed
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- £3 entrance fee to trails for non-members
£1.50 entrance fee to trails for non-members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Other discounts
- Please note that charges apply to our self-led activities.
Guided walks is closed
How to get here
Lochwinnoch railway station is situated 400 metres south-east of the visitor centre.
Nearest bus stops are on the A737 at Roadhead roundabout (at grid reference: NS 350 586, 750 metres south-east of the reserve entrance) and on the A760 at Newton of Barr (at NS 366 577, 1.2 km north-west of the entrance).
National Cycle Route 7 runs through the reserve, adjacent to the A737.
The reserve is located 18 miles south-west of Glasgow, beside the A760 Largs Road, which is off the A737 Irvine Road (easily reached from the M8 at Junction 28A). Car parking facilities are available.
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.
Easily accessible from Lochwinnoch village by footpath.
Group booking information
Groups are very welcome to the reserve. By prior arrangement, space can be made available for indoor lunches. There is no need to pre-book self-led group visits, though it is worth while if you wish to use our self-lead equipment, to avoid disappointment. Though there is a small charge for our trails and activities, please talk to us about group membership.
Schools booking information
|Come along with your class and enjoy first-hand a selection of fascinating wildlife experiences. Visit our stunning reserve any time of the year and bring your classroom learning to life. The reserve has a variety of inspiring habitats to work in (including wetland, woodland, reedbed, wildflower meadow and ponds). At hand we also have our visitor facilities for comfort and convenience. All our learning sessions are led by qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders. Sessions are designed to support a range of classroom topics and to suit all abilities. All our sessions are linked to the National Curriculum. See a full list of our school trip ideas at here.|
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