RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a stunning mix of woodlands and wetlands on the banks of Loch Lomond. This remarkable destination is home to a huge range of wildlife from ospreys in the summer to skeins of geese in the colder months.
The reserve is beautiful at any time of year. A visit will reward you with an array of sights and sounds from some of Scotland's most loved wildlife.
In spring the woodland comes alive with a carpet of bluebells and birdsong, summer sees butterflies, bees and beautiful flowers emerging. In autumn the dramatic colours of the trees will take your breath away and in winter the calls of wintering geese, ducks and swans are never too far away.
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
A bus or taxi would be required from Balloch train station.
There is no pavement from the bus stop to the site entrance and the road (A811) is extremely busy.
Path to main entrance
The main entrance to the nature reserve has level access.
The Nature Hub has 4 steps to get inside
Getting around inside
General door width: 810mm
Narrowest part of door: 750mm (this is also narrowest part of route from main entrance to the loo)
Direction of transfer: from front (toilet next to wall on left and sanitary bin and table on right)
Width of space in front of toilet: 740mm (measured to baby changer)
Height of toilet seat (with seat down): 520mm
Handrails: behind toilet, in front of toilet and on the left
From floor to rail beneath baby changer: 830mm
The lift must be operated by a member of the RSPB team and is therefore, not always in use. Please contact us on 01389830670 if you would like to use the lift at the nature hub.
Scenic routes structure
Getting around outside
Designated Walking Trail
Hardcore path leading out to stunning 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.
Designated Walking Trail
Airey Woodland Trail
A woodland trail winding through coppiced alder woodland, leading into a wildflower meadow and past a small pond. The woodland is a great place to look for tree pipits (summer), bullfinches, treecreepers and goldcrests. The meadow in summer is buzzing with bees, butterflies and watch out for frogs by the pond too!
The trail has some steep slopes along the way. The most even surface is to the left of the crossroads although there are still some slopes slong this section too.
The steepest section of the path has a handrail.
Viewpoint picnic area
Pond dipping area
Sheltered area overlookling the meadow and pond.