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Aberfoyle ospreys

April to September

  • Video link
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Accessible site
  • Accessible toilets
Male osprey soaring

Image: Emyr Evans

Enjoy a full day visiting the bird of prey live viewing project in the romantic Trossachs

Three thousand miles is a long way to fly just to get on telly.

In March and April, we ospreys fly all the way over from Africa to raise a family right here in the romantic Trossachs where there is a perfect nest site waiting for us.

Thanks to the RSPB's partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland, and along with the latest camera technology, you can watch our every move via a nestcam - from the moment our eggs hatch to the heart-stopping first flights of our chicks.

You might also see other fantastic wildlife – such as red squirrels, barn owls, buzzards and pine martens – on camera all year round.

If you've got your walking boots on, why not go for a stroll around the numerous woodland and waterfall walks that all start from The Lodge? With stunning views across to Ben Lomond, the scenery is as awe-inspiring as we are.

Entry to The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre is free, but there is a small car parking cost.

When can you see us?

The live viewing of ospreys runs daily from April to September. However, you can visit The Lodge any time during the year.

How to find us

The project is only signposted from the outskirts of Aberfoyle. From Glasgow and Stirling, take the A81 straight to Aberfoyle. Drive through the village of Aberfoyle, taking the road round to the right and up the hill. The Lodge is on the right about a mile after the village.

The Lodge is about 30 minutes from Stirling and 50 minutes from Glasgow.

What should I bring?

Normal footwear should be fine for most of the walks. However, if you are feeling more adventerous and planning a hill walk, stout footware is advisable.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre: 0300 067 6615

This date is a partnership project with Forestry Commission Scotland and is brought to you with the help of Scottish Natural Heritage. It is part of the The Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail.

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