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RSPB Loch Lomond

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a stunning mix of woodlands, wetlands and grasslands on the south-east shores of Loch Lomond.

Bluebell walks in the spring. Photo by David McCullochSkeins of geese in the winter. Photo by David McCullochBug hunting. Photo by Helen PughPond dipping.  Photo by Helen PughDen building. Photo by Helen PughHire a guide. Photo by Helen Pugh

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a special place for wildlife. Located on the south-east shores of the loch, the site has a variety of habitats from ancient woodlands to wildflower meadows and grasslands. RSPB Scotland has been managing the site in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Scottish Natural Heritage since 2012, to make it an even better home for nature.

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond's nature hub and trails are open 7 days a week 10am - 4pm (spring and summer). Winter opening - 11am - 3pm Oct - April (weather dependent).

NATURE TRAILS

Airey Woodland Trail (950m loop) – Woodland trail winding through coppiced alder woodland, leading into a wildflower meadow and past a small pond. The woodland is the a great place to look for tree pipits, bullfinches, tree creepers and goldcrests. The meadow in summer is buzzing with bees, butterflies and watch out for frogs by the pond too!

Viewpoint Path (200m) – Fully accessible path leading out to wonderful views of Ben Lomond and Conic Hill, overlooking the woodlands and fen of RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. In summer watch for soaring ospreys and listen to the birdsong from the woodlands close by. In winter watch skeins of skeins of geese making their way from their overnight roost to their daytime feeding grounds.

Shore wood Path (accessed via the Aber right of way) – Ancient oak woodlands along the loch shore. Look out for long-tailed tits, great spotted woodpeckers and if you’re lucky, redstarts in the summer. Out on the water watch out for great crested grebes and ospreys fishing and in the winter this is the favourite roosting place for 1000s of geese including pink-footed and Greenland white-fronted.

Check out our programme of Nature Activities at RSPB Loch Lomond Scotland.

Nature hub opening times:
7 days per week (staffed at weekends and school holidays)
10am - 4pm April - October
11am - 3pm October - April (weather dependent)

In spring stroll through sweet smelling bluebell filled woodlands while listening out for tree pipits and redstarts calling. In summer look out for ospreys soaring high above, while wandering through wildflower meadows.
In winter listen out for skeins of geese flying high above while watching flocks of redwings and fieldfares making then most of autumn fruits and berries.

INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is the ideal place for families to go on an adventure. Peer into the Mini-beast Mansion, go hunting for butterflies and frogs or even build a den in the woods.

Pond dipping is available April - Oct when Nature Hub is staffed (charges apply)
Entry in to the Nature Hub and trails are free, but there are charges for equipment hire, activities and events. Families are more than welcome on our guided walks. The trails are suitable for pushchairs, but ground conditions off path will be muddy and uneven throughout.

The Shore Wood path is open at all times. This is accessible via the Aber Right of Way, which starts from the Kilmaronock Millennium Hall in Gartocharn. To reach the Millennium Hall turn off the A811 onto Church Road opposite the House of Darrach. The postcode for the Millennium Hall is G83 8NF. Park at the Millennium Hall car park and follow the Aber Right of Way signpost on the right of the hall. This will take you through fields than can be extremely muddy at times. Follow the signs for Aber Right of Way and Loch Lomond NNR for 20min and you will reach the entrance of RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond.

Terms & conditions

This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) we request that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead, clean up after your dog and that you keep to the paths.

© The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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Address: High Wards Farm, Gartocharn G83 8SB
Tel: 01389 830670

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