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RSPB Loch Gruinart Reserve

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Loch Gruinart, Bridgend PA44 7PR, Scotland
+44 1496 850505
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Beautiful peaceful spot

Cycled to the top of the reserve from the visitors' centre . Wonderful experience -- glorious... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BillDollar
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Dollar
There was body there to talk to at the centre

There was a number to ring and did speak man called James who was very helpful but it was difficult... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
kelimages
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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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Loch Gruinart is a working farm as well as a nature reserve.There's always plenty to see at Loch Gruinart. In autumn, thousands of white-fronted and barnacle geese arrive from Greenland. When they leave in spring, wading birds take centre-stage, with the courtship displays of snipe, lapwings, redshanks and curlews. Watch it all take place from our viewing centre and hides, or on one of our trails. During the summer months we offer guided walks, when we'll listen out for the corncrakes in the evening, or take a stroll through one of our trails searching out treecreepers, willow warblers, roe deer and speckled wood butterflies in the Woodland Trail, or on the higher Moorland Trail look out for hen harriers, golden eagles, red deer and marsh fritillary butterflies.
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Loch Gruinart, Bridgend PA44 7PR, Scotland
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+44 1496 850505
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cycled to the top of the reserve from the visitors' centre . Wonderful experience -- glorious views , minimum traffic , helpful unobtrusive sign posting .

Thank BillDollar
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There was a number to ring and did speak man called James who was very helpful but it was difficult to contact him, he was always out on the the reserve. We did see Swallows flying in to a building and went to have look...More

Thank kelimages
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to have fantastic weather which made our day more special. We had good advice from an RSPB rep in the centre. He explained the facilities so we headed to the moorland walk. Easy walk with a slight incline. The views were spectacular...More

Thank Sarah G
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

On a beautiful sunny day, the area was glorious, very few other people about, lots of birds and even a deer to look at. Also, a very pleasant path through trees and bluebells.

Thank corvet
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Worth the short drive to find the reserve, good walks and hides which are well stocked with ID charts and pictures to help you understand what species are wintering on Islay

Thank bigsensible
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed on Islay for 4 nights and visited the reserve on two occasions, our visit to Islay was to see the 1000’s of wintering geese and we were not disappointed. We were however disappointed that there was no updated information regarding the birds seen...More

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Isle of Islay, one needed a car to access Loch Gruinart. Quite a nice visitor centre and trails around Loch Gruinart looked good being full of dragonflies and small birds. However when trying to see the waders from the hides, very disappointing. The very wet...More

Thank shark939
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

This is well worth a visit. The visitors centre is very informative and you can combine bird watching with two walks.On the woodland walk we were able to photograph a deer at close quarters.The hides are well positioned and there is plenty of activity to...More

Thank George647
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

We were lucky enough to have a talk from the volunteer ranger on the day we visited and able to have lots of questions answered. What surprised me was the fact that they have a model farm of rare cattle breeds - and i haven't...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We visited in July with children aged 3-9. The staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful. Although the decibel level of our children meant that the bird spotting was limited, the walks were lovely. The facility is completely free - although donations for tea, coffee and...More

Thank Ruth J
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