Accessibility at Lochwinnoch

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Check accessibility for events and activities.

How to get here

By train

Lochwinnoch railway station is situated 400 metres south-east of the visitor centre.

By bus

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).

By bike

National Cycle Route 7 runs through the reserve, adjacent to the A737.

By road

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.

Other ways to get there

Easily accessible from Lochwinnoch village by footpath.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Ground floor accessible by four entrances.
  • Option of steps or ramps.
  • Manual outward opening doors.
  • Low counter used for membership information.
  • Wheelchair available on request.
  • Reasonable lighting.
  • Level throughout with space to manoeuvre.
  • Carpeted flooring.
  • Good lighting.
  • Clear print information. 
  • Some goods maybe difficult to reach.
  • Staff available to assist.
Car parking
30 spaces
3 Blue Badge spaces
  • Spaces 20m from the visitor centre.
  • Firm, level and gravel with some potholes.
Toilet and baby changing

One accessible toilet, 10m from the visitor centre entrance.

Nature trails access
  • Three partly-signposted trails (two 400m trails + one 1km trail), all flat with no significant inclines.
  • No gates or stiles.
  • All prone to flooding after heavy rain.
  • Main trail (1km long) is an all-access trail.
Viewing points
  • There is generally level access with wheelchair spaces, except the Tower Observation Area which is upstairs in the visitor centre.
  • There is no lift access and entry to the tower can only be made by walking up 23 steps.
  • Two hides.
Picnic area
  • No adapted tables, however the ends of the 4 picnic tables may be useable for wheelchair users.
  • Registered Assistance Dogs welcome.
  • Dogs are allowed on all footpaths.
  • All dogs to be kept on a lead.
Educational facilities
  • In visitor centre with level entry and level throughout.
  • Flexible layout.
  • Carpeted flooring.
  • Good lighting.


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Lochwinnoch access statement