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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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Unmissable

Even if we hadn't seen Ospreys, the combination of the setting, other wildlife and the lovely staff... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2016
neilgriffiths1066
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
great!

We visited this November even though we knew the nesting Osprey had flown away and the Centre was... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
june a
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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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 16 December 2016

Even if we hadn't seen Ospreys, the combination of the setting, other wildlife and the lovely staff make this worth a visit... but yes, we loved the Ospreys too :-)

Thank neilgriffiths1066
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, Neil. We're delighted you enjoyed yourself.

Reviewed 23 November 2016

We visited this November even though we knew the nesting Osprey had flown away and the Centre was closed. We always meet like minded people wherever we go and this time a lady came up to us and said that if we wanted to see...More

Thank june a
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi June, Thanks for your review. Loch Garten is a special place to visit at any time of year, that's for sure. :-)

Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Go when this is open. Worth every penny. Great little museum with brilliant bird watching opportunities. Very informative and knowledgeable staff. Great opportunities to see the osprey and their chicks. Will revisit!

Thank Kirsty K
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2016

Thank you, Kirsty! We're delighted you enjoy visiting Loch Garten. Hope to see you when we re-open for 2017 - April 1st at 10.00am!

Reviewed 8 November 2016

Excellent place to start walks from. Some "rarer" bird varieties around (November time). Easily accessible. Strangely though the centre was shut with gate closed (just walk past anyway and follow trail).More

Thank Fargo2016
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Hi Fargo2016, thanks for your review of your visit. The Osprey Centre has always been a seasonal visitor centre - opening from April 1 to the first Sunday in September. This coincides with the ospreys arriving back from their winter migration, so if you come...More

Reviewed 30 October 2016

By the end of October the ospreys had migrated South. The RSPB info centre was shut til they return, but Loch Garten is stunningly beautiful. Fantastic walk and autumn colours reflecting on the loch surface. Very quiet. Good car parking (free).

Thank Jo M
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

We're pleased you enjoyed Loch Garten, Jo and couldn't agree more...it IS stunningly beautiful, especially at this time of year.

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Very good with everyone and got to see the ospreys which was unusual. Good nature trails as well. Definitely a must see.More

Thank luvtrip321
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for your review luvtrip321. Pleased you enjoyed your visit! I'm thinking you must have visited late on in the season, as seeing the ospreys at Loch Garten isn't unusual at all, if you go between mid April and mid August! Admittedly, after that, your...More

Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

After our night on the Isle of Skye we did some expectation management. But for no need. The Boat of Garten is a great place to stay. Don't know where to start. The Whiskey Bar, the Bar Crew, the whole Crew (very friendly), the room...More

Thank 2BorNot
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Hi 2BorNot - this is a great review, but it's not for the RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre! The Boat of Garten Hotel will have it's own page on TripAdvisor - I'd hate for them to miss out on this great review! Cheers.

Reviewed 19 October 2016

As RSPB reserves go you need to be there when the Ospreys are there. Friendly very informative staff. Excellent interactive exhibits and can keep young kids entertained

Thank marks402016
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thanks for your review marks402016. We're pleased you enjoyed yourself. All being well, the ospreys should return sometime around the end of March / beginning of April, in the meantime, the woodland trails are always open!

Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lovely place to bird watch and walk. Saw lots of crested tits in September 2016. Centre closed at this time.

Thank Lara O
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Hi Lara, Thank you for your review. The autumn and winter are great times to see cresties at the centre feeder - I'm pleased you got to see some. Hopefully the ospreys will return around the end of March / beginning of April. Fingers crossed!

Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is a very good centre to see red squirrels and lots of birds, also the Ospreys, when nesting,.nice walks in the woods too,.best on a dry day to see squirrels,,

Thank 151Becky
RSPBLochGarten, Manager at RSPB Loch Garten, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thanks for your review Becky, yes, one of the best places to see red squirrels up close. Obviously you have to be in the right place at the right time, but generally, if you're patient you'll be rewarded. Pleased you had a good time!

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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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Sophie S
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Response from RSPBLochGarten | Property representative |
Hi Sophie, yes, we have plenty of activities for children too - including bug hunting (obviously he'll need a bit of help!) and we have small bird feeders close to the windows, so he should get some pretty exciting views... More
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