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RSPB Loch Garten

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Address: | Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH25 3EF, Scotland
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+44 1479 831476
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre sits amidst the stunning Caledonian...

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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Enjoyed being able to see the Ospreys from the comfort of the cabin. Great voice of telescopes and binoculars to view both the Ospreys and the bird feeders just outside. Close up... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 June 2016
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Elgin, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Elgin, Scotland, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed being able to see the Ospreys from the comfort of the cabin. Great voice of telescopes and binoculars to view both the Ospreys and the bird feeders just outside. Close up action of Woodpeckers but sadly no squirrels. Very knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

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Thank Jo B
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, Jo. We're delighted you had a good time! More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

This is a gem. Perfect for the novice and the avid bird watcher. All set up with telescopes and web cams so that visitors can enjoy seeing the birds in their environment . The ospreys were amazing

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1 Thank lenovohazel
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you! It really means a lot that people tell us about their visit and we're so pleased you had a good time. And yeah, the ospreys are amazing! ;-) More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Seeing EJ and her two young Ospreys was a delight and we didn't want to leave.. Watching from the Hide with the cameras on the nest was addictive;the enthusiastic RSPB advisors are informative and willing to tell you all about the comings and goings and the progress of the young ospreys.

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1 Thank skajep
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Pleased you had a good time. Come again and please tell your friends! More 

Glasgow
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Paid a morning visit to the Osprey center at boat of Garten. Staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Camera set up and microphone system was excellent. Well worth a visit if you are in the area

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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank for the review John! Pleased you had a good time. More 

Rugeley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Well organised, maintained, and hosted by friendly staff, I rejoined the RSPB there and then, after a period of some years!

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Thank Colin N
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Colin, thank you so much for rejoining the RSPB at Loch Garten! Your support is vital to us. And thank you for your great review too. Please you enjoyed yourself so much. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Nice observation hut where dedicated staff can explain about the reserve and the animal in it, mainly about the rare osprey whose nest is observable through CCTV.

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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review! More 

London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

The ospreys, red suirrels, voles and other fauna we saw were beautiful but the real highlight here is the circular forest walk that starts and ends in the car park a little way (a km or less) before the osprey centre car park. Saw a deer and a variety of waterfowl and a lovely natural woodant nest, fenced off by... More 

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Thank Nathan M
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Nathan. The Two Lochs trial down to Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie is indeed a real treat. And the ants are one of our favourites too. More 

Fife, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Great place, fantastic variety of wildlife, most folk only know of the osprey hide however there is so much more for you to discover. Visiting the osprey hide is a must, a£5 entry is worth every penny to support such a great cause

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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thanks Phil, for your support and your lovely review. Pleased you had a good time at the centre. More 

Fleet, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

I popped by here and saw the Ospreys in their nest. The staff were very friendly and helpful and they had the best viewing setup I've seen.

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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your praise for our viewing set up and staff. Pleased you had a great time. More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

This is well worth a visit if you're in the area and are interested in wildlife. A small facility, it's an architecturally-beautiful little building sitting quietly amongst the forest landscape. From here you can gaze unsuspectingly upon the Ospreys (we were lucky to see 2 week-old chicks being fed in the best by Mum) and closer birdlife (we caught sight... More 

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RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and delighted you enjoyed your visit (and the coffee!) More 

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