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Forvie National Nature Reserve

Visit Forvie National Nature Reserve (NNR)

The stark beauty of empty sand dunes is complemented by the call of eider ducks, wafting like gentle gossiping across the Ythan estuary. With the constant shifting of the dunes, layers of history have come and gone, revealing the half buried remains of a twelfth century church. Bird life is plentiful and you can watch the summer acrobatics of diving terns or the determined stabbing of the carrot-coloured beaks of wading oystercatchers.

The Visitor Centre at Collieston, is open from April to October and you’ll find useful information, displays and interesting activities.

There are a range of waymarked trails including an 800m easy access trail with wheelchair accessible picnic tables.

There’s also a bird hide on the Ythan Estuary for those looking to bird watch.

The areas where the terns nest is closed from 1 April to the end of August and an alternative route through the dunes is marked – following the dune trail.  Outwith this period visitors can explore the dune system and walk the length of the estuary and beach.

For more information on visiting have a look at the NNR leaflet or the NNR website.

Contact Details

Address:Scottish Natural Heritage
The Forvie Centre
AB41 8RU
Tel:Click to view01358 751330

Opening Times

Open all year round. Check website for best times of year to visit.


Species this provider offers to spot


Geographical regions this provider operates in

  • Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeenshire and Moray


Activities this provider runs

  • Estates, Reserves & Other Wildlife Spots

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