Loch Ruthven
Loch Ruthven

This is an easy, short walk at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve at Loch Ruthven. In reality, at just over three-quarters of a mile this is little more than a leg stretcher, but it is a lovely location so well worth a visit.

The Loch is in a quiet location, and as you would expect from an RSPB reserve, there are some interesting birds to be seen. The main interest is Slavonian grebes, and Loch Ruthven is the hub of the UK breeding population. There is a hide at the end of the walk which will allow you to watch their fascinating behavior without disturbing them. The grebes arrive in March but are at their most vivid from April to June.

Apart from the grebes, other species to look out for include Ospreys, Curlews and both Black and red Throated Divers.

How to get there

Loch Ruthven lies 16 miles (25 km) south-west of Inverness. Turn west off the A9 on the B851 towards Fort Augustus then, after eight miles (13 km), turn right at Croachy onto the unclassified road (reserve is signed). The reserve lies one mile (1.6 km) along that road on the left-hand side.


Boats on Loch Ruthven
Loch Ruthven at Sunset
Loch Ruthven Walk