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RSPB Loch Garten

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| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
+44 1479 831476
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Visit to see Ospreys

Weather was baltic,and its a short walk from the car-park to the centre which was busy so a bit of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dhleask9
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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
Fantastic place to take the children. So much to see and Do.

This is a lovely place for the children. The children were able to see so much and to see the birds... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
Roseanne E
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RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre sits amidst the stunning Caledonian pineforest, just a short walk from the shores of beautiful Loch Garten. The centre is open every day from April 1 to the first weekend in September, though the rest of the reserve is open all year round. It opens at 10am till 6.00pm, and last entry is at 5.00pm. There is a viewing area in the centre, with binoculars and telescopes to view the ospreys and other wildlife, plus live hi-definition CCTV pictures to give really good close up views of the birds on the nest. Red squirrels can often be seen on our feeders and a large array of small birds visit too. There are always knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers on hand to help you make the most of your visit and presentations on the previous year's osprey season are also given. There are activities and games for children both in the centre and on the walk up from the car park. The Osprey Centre shop stocks binoculars and telescopes, gifts, toys, cards, hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are picnic benches and garden benches outside if the weather allows! Two beautiful woodland walks take you through magnificent pine forest to tranquil Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie - one accessed from the Osprey Centre car park and the other from the nearby Loch Mallachie car park.
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| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Weather was baltic,and its a short walk from the car-park to the centre which was busy so a bit of waiting to get a pair of binoculars.A lot of visual info and enthusiastic staff on hand for any queries.Not much room when large groups are...More

Thank dhleask9
Reviewed 10 January 2018

This is a lovely place for the children. The children were able to see so much and to see the birds of prey so close was the icing on the cake. There are lots of activities for the children to do so even the youngest...More

2  Thank Roseanne E
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Roseanne! We're so pleased you had a good visit and the children enjoyed it too. We're doing much more for families than ever before, so it's great to hear that folk are enjoying the new things we've put in place.

Reviewed 4 January 2018

Spent a inspiring afternoon here watching the Ospreys.Magnificent to see these birds of prey up close.The staff were friendly and answered any questions happily. Lots of other wildlife and birds to watch. Great scenery as well a wonderful place.

Thank hibs78
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Another place worth visiting, but unfortunately when we visited there were not many birds about. Lovely scenery.More

Thank Mjcmw
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thanks for your review. We're sorry you didn't see many birds. Did you walk up to the Osprey Centre and see the feeder there? It gets daily visits from crested tits and red squirrels (as long as it's not too cold) at this time of...More

Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Visited Loch garten on Christmas day. There was no centre open as expected but took a lovely walk. The view of the Loch was beautiful.

Thank Claire A
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Hi Claire, What a lovely day to visit! Glad you enjoyed the peace and serenity. Thanks for your review.

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Osprey centre closed, but walk through the gate, and round the back, and the wildlife is fantastic. Watching 2 red squirrels chase each other through the pines was a highlight.More

Thank Dan H
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thanks for your review of your visit, Dan, even though the centre is shut for the season. We reckon it's one of the best places to see red squirrels and crested tits over the winter, so we're delighted you had a good time. Come and...More

Reviewed 29 October 2017

The centre was closed when we visited, but don’t let that stop you! Plenty of car parking space and the path through the pine trees was full of birds and herons while we admired the Loch. We did walk the pathway to the centres buildings...More

Thank Foodfriend100
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you for your review of visiting Loch Garten - we're pleased you had a good time, even though it was out of season and the centre was closed. Sounds like a lovely way to spend an hour!

Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We visited this wonderful place in the early afternoon and were immediately struck by the amount of birds flying around the surrounding trees in the car park, we walked to the visitor centre which although it was closed was surrounded by birds at the feeders,...More

Thank Leicesterfox41
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you for your review! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit, despite it being out of season for the Osprey Centre itself. Having coal tits feeding from your hand is one of those things you never forget. Come back and see us when we're open!

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Great in the Osprey season, but this time we called out of season. We went for a walk through the woods then stood in the car park birdwatching. Coal tits came down to our hands wanting to be fed. We went back a 2nd day...More

Thank Julie P
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hi Julie, Thank you for your review. We're pleased you think Loch Garten is worth visiting at any time of year! The coal tits feeding from your hand never get boring, do they? See you next year?

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

A great visit for an afternoon. Educational and enjoyable. Staff were helpful and approachable and well worth a visit.

Thank Mark B
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review your visit, Mark. We're pleased you enjoyed yourself and found the staff helpful. Please come again!

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colmanek1
26 January 2018|
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Response from Abernethy1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but with a little assistance for most people. Reasonably level but unpaved access. Might be best to give them a call as our visit was a while ago now :(
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Dutch52
6 September 2017|
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Response from AED123 | Reviewed this property |
The visitor centre is open from April to August if I remember correctly. You could check online to make sure I am right.
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xxmazxx
10 July 2017|
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Response from COntentedtravel1234 | Reviewed this property |
The pathway to the centre is level and hard packed dirt. There is disabled parking and the telescopes on the ospreys are set at different heights. The RSPB tries very hard to accommodate people with different abilities... More
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