RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond
Located on the south-east shores of the loch, RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond has a variety of habitats from ancient woodlands to wildflower meadows and swampy grasslands.
About RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond
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.
The Nature Hub is open 10am – 4pm daily and staffed at weekends and school holidays. There are two new trails, one 950m loop through the woodland and out onto a grassy meadow and pond, and the other leading out on to stunning views over the reserve and surrounding hills.
Part of the work we do at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond involves carrying out wildlife surveys. Summer 2015 was the season that brought us five spotted crakes (there are only 80 pairs of this secretive bird in the whole of the UK) and the discovery of the rare Great Otter Spider. This spider has not been recorded in Scotland since 1994, so, coming across it here, while on a dragonfly training course, was very special indeed. Other wildlife highlights have been catching glimpses of otters and pine martens on our cameras, witnessing ospreys fishing over the water and watching flocks of geese feeding in all the fields on site, including the one right outside our office window!
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.
Winter Nature Hub opening: 11am – 3pm daily. Staffed at weekends (weather dependent)
Closed 22nd Dec – 4th January inclusive
Entrance to the Nature Hub is free.
There are charges for guided walks, events and activities.
Top things to do in Summer
1. Watch osprey soar and dive as they look for salmon and other fish at the mouth of the River Endrick
2. Look out for fluttering butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies
3. Sit on the loch beach, relax and take in the amazing scenery
Information for disabled visitors
One disabled parking bay
Toilet with disabled access, open during hub opening hours and for events only
Viewpoint Trail is fully accessible
Information for families
The reserve is the ideal place for families to explore the smaller creatures found at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. Peer into the Mini-beast Mansion, go hunting for butterflies and frogs or even build a den in the woods.
Pond-dipping and mini-beast hunting is available 7 days during the summer holidays and weekends until mid-October. Sweep your nets across the water and through the meadows and see what curious creatures you might find in the depths of the pond and the thick grassy meadow. (£3 per kit, £2 for RSPB members).
There are backpacks available for hire with everything the little ones need for an adventure including binoculars, bug jars and wild challenge sheets.
Families are welcome on our guided walks but should be aware that the ground conditions will be muddy ff path. Our trails are sitable for pushchairs.
Families are welcome on our guided walks but should be aware that the ground conditions will be muddy and uneven throughout and the surface is not suitable for pushchairs.
Information for dog owners
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 on a short lead, clean up after your dog and that you keep to the paths.
All information (whether in text or photographs) is supplied in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact. We take every opportunity to ensure the details for RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond are accurate, please contact us at hello[@]whatsonnetwork.co.uk if any of the above information is incorrect.
Upcoming Events at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond
8th August 2021
Join the team at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond for a guided walk which will show you how to identify some of the wildflowers on the reserve and hear about their historical uses!
28th August 2021
Embrace the darkness and go in search of some nocturnal nature at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond on Saturday 28th August!
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre Loch Lomond Shores,
Balloch G83 8QL
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is located within the boundaries of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the first National Park in Scotland.
Ben Lomond Way Loch Lomond Shores,
Balloch G83 8QL
SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium is just 20 minutes from Glasgow, situated on the stunning Loch Lomond Shores, offering great fun for all the family, whatever the weather!
Loch Lomond Shores Ben Lomond Way,
Balloch G83 8QL
Loch Lomond Shores is a great day out offering designer shopping, an aquarium, restaurants and cafes and outdoor activities - all with fantastic views across Loch Loch Lomond!
RSPB Barons Haugh Nature Reserve Manse Road,
Motherwell ML1 2PZ
RSPB Baron's Haugh is an important community nature reserve in Motherwell and is a real gem for wildlife and for visitors too.
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve Largs Road,
Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF
RSPB Lochwinnoch is the best place in the west of Scotland for family fun, wild days out and discovering nature with an excellent RSPB shop, nature centre and visitor trails.
TreeZone Loch Lomond Shores,
Balloch G83 8QL
Treezone Loch Lomond is based at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, with a view to rival anywhere, looking up the awesome Loch Lomond towards the iconic Ben...
More Days Out in Glasgow
8-10 Balcarres Avenue,
Glasgow West End G12 0QF
Based in the West End of Glasgow, the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre comprises a theatre (80 seats), museum and education unit.
61-63 Netherlee Road,
Glasgow South Side G44 3YU
Lying just a few miles from the centre of Glasgow, Holmwood House has been described as Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's finest domestic design!
124 Portman Street,
Glasgow South Side G41 1EJ
Clue HQ hosts various themed rooms full of clues, riddles, locks and puzzles. Each game challenges groups of up to six guests to use team work and initiative...
150 Pointhouse Place,
Glasgow West End G3 8RS
The Tall Ship operates a programme of year-round maritime themed events and activities, with specially devised talks and tours, school visits and costumed volunteer days.
Garscadden Wood ,
Glasgow West End G15 7LG
This tranquil woodland, with its majestic ancient oaks and old hawthorn hedges, has been growing on this hillside on the edge of Glasgow for hundreds of years.
Various Locations Glasgow
Glasgow Loves Christmas brings six weeks of magical events, shopping and festive fun to the heart of the city!
DetectiCity Glasgow ,
Glasgow City Centre
Our brand new outdoor adventures combine investigation, sightseeing & fun in one superb experience! Each game holds a mystery waiting to be solved and...
Loch Lomond Faerie Trail Loch Lomond Adventures,
Luss G83 8PA
Something exciting is happening on the banks of Loch Lomond... get ready for the ultimate fairy adventure!
Geilston Garden Main Road Cardross,
Dumbarton G82 5HD
Geilston Garden is a magical 200-year-old walled garden by the River Clyde with adventure playground and floral mini-maze!
Balloch Country Park Drymen Road,
Balloch G83 8LX
Balloch Castle Country Park is one of the finest public spaces in the West of Scotland with fantastic views over Loch Lomond and plenty of things to see and do!
The Pop-Up Pro's are bringing their popular food market and beer garden, Festival Village, to Glasgow's Candleriggs Square!
Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney's classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its Scottish premiere at the King's Theatre Glasgow as an exciting new musical!
The Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival returns to Kelvingrove Park for a seventh year in July and August 2022!
Bard in the Botanics are delighted to be returning to Glasgow Botanic Gardens for their 20th anniversary season with brand new productions of 'Twelfth Night' and 'The Winter's Tale'!
Govanhill International Festival and Carnival is a cultural celebration of our unique community, including a Carnival Parade on Saturday 7th August and a whole host of other events!