Islay Walk: RSPB Woodland Trail Loch Gruinart

Walk Information Woodland Trail
Type: Woodland
Terrain: Short grass, slightly boggy in places
Distance/Time: 1 Mile, 1 hour
Grade: Easy
Wildlife: Birds/Roe Deer
Where: View area on map

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Walk Description
Directions: From Bridgend drive towards Bruichladdich and follow the signs from the main road after Black Rock for Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve. At the reserve's visitor centre at Aoradh Farm turn right at the sign to Ardnave. After 100 metres on your left is a parking area. The start of the trail is across the road, a wee bit back where you came from, on your left.

Start: This woodland trail is just perfect for a windy day, you are usually very sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds. The trail is waymarked from start to finish and gives access to beautiful woodland with a lot of different species of trees, shrubs and small plants and flowers such as Bluebells. There is a good variety of wildlife to be found here as well, both in the woodland and out on the open fields. Also Roe Deer can be seen in the sometimes dense vegetation.

At the beginning of the walk is a viewing platform from where you can see the Gruinart Flats with its huge number of birds. Nearby is the "Old" bird hide and further along the woodland trail, close to Gruinart Farm, is the new bird hide. Both hides provide excellent views over the flats and the always present birds. If you take children on this beautiful discovery walk you might want to avoid the hides, they are usually occupied by birdwatchers and children running around the hide or making noises will almost certainly disturb the wildlife.

At the end of the track you end up on the single track road where you can walk back (left) to the parking place while enjoying the grand views over the nature reserve.

Bluebells on the Woodland Trail

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