Loch Ardinning is a picturesque, visitor-friendly wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. Mature willow, birch and alder thrive in the wetlands along the south west shore and reeds, rushes and sedges fringe the northern shores.
The loch is rich in invertebrates, particularly butterflies and dragonflies, and the delicate water lobelia, a local speciality, is in full flower in July.
Two walks around the reserve provide plenty of opportunities for appreciating the wildlife.
From Glasgow, take the A81 (Aberfoyle Road). The reserve is about 2.5 miles north of Milngavie. The main parking area is a layby on the east side of the A81, about 100m sound of the dam. There are smaller laybys at the dam itself.
Well marked paths run straight from the parking areas.
Please take care because paths may be muddy after wet weather.
Please keep dogs under close control during the breeding season (Apr to Aug) because some bird species are very sensitive to disturbance.
Please note that the reserve is grazed throughout the year by cattle and sheep.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (registered number SC040247), having its registered office at