Glen Moss

Glen Moss has areas of marshland, woodland and wet heath with open water and sheltered, shallow pools. It is a natural haven for songbirds, waterfowl, amphibians and insects, particularly dragonflies and damselflies. Rare plants include the coral root orchid.

Please note that work is being undertaken on the sluice during September 2022. Avoid this part of the reserve, at this time, and take notice of the contractor’s safety measures.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Wildflowers and insects
  • Songbirds and waterfowl
  • Scenic walks

Best time to visit?

  • Spring for birds
  • Summer for plants and butterflies
  • Summer for dragonflies
  • Autumn & winter for waterfowl

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • wildflowers

Other information

A path leads around the reserve past a pond where nine species of dragonflies can be spotted.


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How to get there


From the centre of Kilmacolm, cross the Bridge of Weir Road, turn right into Gillburn Road, then right again into Gowkhouse Road. Follow the lane to the top.

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Getting onto the reserve

The reserve can be accessed by following the public footpath sign. There are surfaced paths and a boardwalk on the reserve.

Access restrictions

Please prevent dogs from hunting wildlife at all times of year, but especially in the spring. There is no parking near the reserve – cars should be left in the town centre where possible.

Nearest town
Kilmacolm (0 mi / 0 km)
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About Glen Moss

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Loch Libo
Possil Marsh
Loch Ardinning

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map


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