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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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Lots of wildlife :)

Well worth a visit up to this centre - I've been trying to see a red squirrel for ages in real life... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ecosse2014
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Beautiful walks

Not only do you get to see red squirrels, crested tits and a host of other birds including the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rodney D
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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| Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
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+44 1479 831476
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth a visit up to this centre - I've been trying to see a red squirrel for ages in real life and managed to get fab views of them on the feeders at this centre. There is also a chance to see the Osprey's...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not only do you get to see red squirrels, crested tits and a host of other birds including the famous ospreys, the walk through the Caledonian pine forest to the two lochs is magnificent.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Never seen so many knowledgeable volunteers offering help to visitors. The binoculars are there for you but there’s also a nest webcam. Interesting display panels about the history of ospreys in the area and the people that developed it. The annual osprey soap opera has...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

No ospreys but saw woodpecker and osprey nest and lots of great information from knowledgeable staff. Really great with the children. We arrive late in the day and they helped us juggle children and dog so that both adults could go to the centre (no...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Please do this. Well worth it and beautiful walks. Seeing the Ospreys and the history of the bird and the centre is great. Great day out for families and couples alike.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were aware before our visit that there was only likely to be one osprey around but nether the less we were looking forward to our visit to Loch Garten. The entrance fee of £5 per adult is expensive but I was happy to consider...More

Thank Helen85442
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic centre! We were lucky enough to be able to stay in the carpark as they allow overnight stays. What a great place to wake up. We were met by Blair at the entrance who was very friendly and gave us loads of...More

Thank GypsyS0ul_30
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been watching the drama unfold on the osprey webcam this spring, we were excited to see where it all took place for ourselves. We then discovered the Wednesday morning guided walks (every Wed until end of October; 9.30 -12.30 – or later; booking necessary...More

Thank Margaret151151
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderfully detailed review of the guided walk and your visit to the Osprey Centre, Margaret - we're just delighted you had a good time at both :-) It's so lovely to hear! And we're pleased you got to see the cresties...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The centre is kitted out with the most suoerb cameras to the Osprey nest as well as ready focused excellent quality monoculars for the public use. Although the female Osprey has been left alone and the eggs will not now hatch we were treated to...More

Thank peterr0bb0
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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

HI Peter, That's a lovely review, thank you! We're so pleased you enjoyed your afternoon with us at the centre and got to see some great wildlife action while you were here. We'll pass on your message to Blair, thank you for mentioning him :-)...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely afternoon bird spotting and observing EJ the Osprey on the nest and 3 eggs. Spotting other wildlife and fairy homes - fun afternoon

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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for your review of your visit. We're pleased you enjoyed the fairy spotting :-) Hope to see you again!

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Markybug73
11 April 2018|
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Response from 266Aladdin | Reviewed this property |
round the main walks yes. but not into the rspb bit. as the sign says only guide dogs that don't smoke are aloud in there. rspb bit takes 30mins. main walks are a couple hours if you go straight round but could easy spend... More
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colmanek1
27 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
7 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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