Facilities at The Loons and Loch of Banks

Full facilities information

Visitor centre

No visitor centre.

Car park
  • 7 spaces
  • Spaces available in unmarked bays at The Loons Hide.
  • Spaces available in unmarked bays at The Loons Listening Wall.
  • No height restrictions.
  • No lighting.

Nearest toilets (without accessible facilities) are at Birsay (4 miles/6.3 km) and Dounby (4.5 miles/7 km). Open 24 hours.

Accessible toilets

The nearest RADAR scheme accessible toilets are at the Bay of Skaill, 4 miles (6.4km) from the reserve.


Nearest food outlets are at Dounby (4.5 miles/7 km) and Skara Brae (4 miles/6.4 km).


No shop on-site.

Picnic area

There is seating at The Loons Listening Wall.

Viewing point
  • The Loons Hide is at the northern edge of The Loons nature reserve (Grid ref HY24672420).
  • The Loons Listening Wall (Grid ref: HY25352455) gives good views of the wetlands.
  • Loch of Banks can also be viewed from the A986 south of Twatt. Please pull off the side of the road if stopping.
Educational facilities

The RSPB Scotland field teacher in Orkney uses the reserve for education visits throughout the year.