Loch Ardinning

Important notice

Please note that this reserve has experienced an increasing amount of antisocial behaviour in recent weeks including littering, vandalism and noise pollution. This has left its mark on the reserve and whilst the local Reserves Manager will continue to clear up the mess and repair the damage, the actions of a minority has left this reserve below the standard visitors would normally expect. The Reserves Manager is working with Police Scotland, and we would also like to thank the local residents for their help and support.

Loch Ardinning is a picturesque 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.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Chance to spot black grouse
  • Colourful butterflies and dragonflies
  • Explosions of colour from wildflowers
  • User-friendly paths across the reserve

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Sep for butterflies
  • May to Aug for wildflowers
  • Jun to Aug for water lobelia
  • Oct to Mar for wildfowl

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • scenery
  • wetland
  • pond
  • butterflies

Other information

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.


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How to get there


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.

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Getting onto the reserve

Well marked paths run straight from the parking areas.
Please take care because paths may be muddy after wet weather.

Access restrictions

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.

Nearest town
Strathblane (1 mi / 1.6 km)
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About Loch Ardinning

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Nearby reserves
Ballagan GlenPossil Marsh

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map


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