In the heart of the beautiful Scottish countryside, just nine miles from Ravenscraig House sits the RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre. Spreading from the top of Ben Macdui to the River Nethy, the area is home to some of Scotland’s most amazing wildlife. The RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre features sweeping moorland, Caledonian pine forest, dramatic mountains and vital wetland.
A trip to the Osprey Centre is the perfect day out for nature lovers, families and those looking to explore the great outdoors.
After a period of extinction in the UK, Ospreys famously returned to Scotland in the 1950s. Loch Garten is where these Ospreys chose to settle after many years of not returning to the country. The beautiful birds still come back to RSPB Loch Garten Ospreys At RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre every spring to breed.
Formerly known as the Osprey Centre, Loch Garten has views over the Osprey nest so visitors can experience these unique creatures for themselves. There is also hi-definition remote viewing through the Osprey webcam, allowing nature lovers to see the birds from anywhere. As well as Ospreys, the centre is also home to bank voles, crested tits, red squirrels and many more woodland creatures.
Loch Garten is a perfect day out for families and groups, with plenty to see and do. Various activities are available for all ages, and there is an exciting programme of events, including guided forest walks.
Abernethy reserve is open all year, and the Nature Centre is open every day between April and mid-October from 10am. Prices start from £5 for adults and £2 for children. Dogs are welcome in the nature reserve and must be kept on leads between 1st April and 15th August to prevent disturbance to the bird breeding season.