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RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond nature reserve

The Nature Hub and new trails are now open 7 days from 10am - 4pm (times may vary in winter months).

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 Gaels View, Scenic Routes structure and 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 geese making their way from their overnight roost to their daytime feeding grounds.

Shore wood Path open at all times (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.


The Shore Wood path is open at all times and this is accessible via the Aber Right of Way, which starts from the Kilmaronock Millennium Hall in Gartocharn. It is not currently accessible from the RSPB Loch Lomond car park.

Wintering Greenland white-fronted geese make up an internationally important population, while the river lampreys that skulk amidst the mud at the bottom of the River Endrick display a unique behaviour, migrating to the freshwaters of the loch, rather than to the sea like other lampreys. There are rare insects here too, like the ox-bow diving beetle, and a plant that is found nowhere else in the UK, the Scottish dock.

The site forms part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve (NNR) and was acquired by the RSPB in April 2012, with financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park (LLTNP) and the National Heritage Memorial Fund. It is managed by the RSPB, SNH and LLTNP in a unique agreement. The RSPB is currently developing this site to make it an even better home for nature.

T: 01389 830670
A: RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8SB
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The reserve is free to access. Charges for special events and activites still apply.
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