Scotland

RSPB Loch Lomond

Situated on the south-east shores of Loch Lomond and comprising of many different habitats, this is a wonderful spot to explore, from the ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows and grasslands. There are many nature trails which cover the area, so it’s easy to walk and maybe catch a glimpse of the incredible birdlife that call this stunning place home.

Depending on what time of year you visit, there are plentiful species to discover. Come in summer and you may glimpse a majestic Osprey, who return after wintering as far south as Senegal, Wood warblers and flamboyant Redstarts. Come in winter, and geese are the name of the game with both Pink-footed and White-fronted species visiting from Scandinavia and Greenland.

Each season has its own unique display, whether it’s birdsong in spring during the mating season, their young growing up in summer, mass migrations in autumn or watching the beautiful sight of flocks of geese coming together in winter to feed on berries or roost.

Of course, birds aren’t necessarily the only thing you’ll spot. Depending on what time of year you visit, you might be lucky enough to spot an otter in the water or a red squirrel climbing the trees.

Run by RSPB Scotland in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Scottish National Heritage, there’s plenty for the human visitor to do, with the nature hub and trails open seven days a week 10am – 4pm in the spring and summer and 11am – 3pm between October and April (weather dependent). From ancient oak and alder woodland trails to fully accessible paths leading to wonderful views over Loch Lomand, there’s a walk for everyone.

Children will love pond dipping (April to October, you can hire equipment), whilst trails are suitable for pushchairs although can be muddy and uneven. During ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April – 15 August), dogs must be kept on a short lead.

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RSPB Loch Lomond, High Wards Farm, Gartocharn G83 8SB | Website

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