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Loch Garten, Feb. 2007
Photo by The Hairy Highlander


Loch Garten is an RSPB reserve located in the Highlands of Scotland, between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey. This reserve is famous for the pair Ospreys which nest here and also the Capercaillie, Scotland’s largest and rarest grouse.


Photo by Steve Round
Loch Garten at Dawn

Notable Species

Western Capercaillie, Osprey, Scottish Crossbill and Crested Tit.


To do


Birds you can see here include:

Western Capercaillie, Common Buzzard, European Sparrowhawk, Osprey, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Scottish Crossbill, Common Crossbill, Parrot Crossbill, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Crested Tit, European Greenfinch, Chaffinch

Other Wildlife

Photo by Greysands boy

Red Squirrel

Site Information

History and Use

To do

Areas of Interest

  • The Osprey Centre, overlooking the osprey nest, has interpretative staff and interactive materials, such as binoculars and low-set telescopes for children. Adult binoculars and telescopes also available. Live CCTV gives continual pictures of the Osprey nest.
  • 4 nature trails, ranging in length from 280 m to 2.5km, .

Access and Facilities

  • Visitor Centre
  • Shop and refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • Nature trails
  • Car park, which has space for up to 40 cars and three coaches
  • Grid Ref: NH978183
  • Directions: from the outskirts of Grantown and Aviemore, follow the RSPB 'Ospreys' roadsigns.
  • Open daily 10am-6pm, April through end of August. Last entry is 5pm. The Centre is also open daily for 'caper-watch' (to see Capercaillies) from 5.30am to 8am (daily from 1 April to 21 May in 2009).
  • Entrance charges: (2009) Adults £3, concessions £2, under 16s 50p. Family ticket £6 (up to two adults and two children). RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members - free. Caper-watch: adults - non-members £3, members £1, children free.

Contact Details

Tel: 01479 831476

External Links

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