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Mersehead Nature Reserve

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Enjoyable Reserve

Great situation with easy access by car from north, east or west. Pleasant walks to the hides with... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Largs, United Kingdom
Peaceful, enjoyable venue, more suited to bird enthusiatists

We really enjoyed it. My husband and our dog walked a longer distance than myself. Quite uneven... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Filey, United Kingdom
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Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of this region. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace. Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Off the A710, Dalbeattie DG2 8AH, Scotland
+44 1387 780579
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great situation with easy access by car from north, east or west. Pleasant walks to the hides with a coastal hide. Office and little cafe are very nice with a view over one of the small ponds. Worth a visit particularly in the winter when...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Salmo01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed it. My husband and our dog walked a longer distance than myself. Quite uneven in places, advise sticks or other walking aids. Weather was chilly, but fresh and bright. Saw many birds, some which we did not expect to see. The male...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dickon69
Reviewed 3 November 2018

The visitor centre is very small and the only refreshments on offer (especially considering you are literally miles from anywhere) are minimal - machine hot drinks, water or flapjack. So - bring your own food or make plans for lunch elsewhere! The toilets are also...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Abi C
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to stay at Shelduck Cottage on the reserve - we had some fabulous walks to the beach and ok there weren’t much birds about but it is summer. We saw yellowhammers, sparrows, great tits, chaffinches and greenfinches every day on the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cm9720
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the Reserve during our short breakaway, It was really worth the visit, plenty of little birds in the hedgerows , June wasn't the best time to see much activity from the hides, but as it was a warm day we were able to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jacqui M
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We came on a warm day to have a short stroll and ended up walking some 3 miles. You can just wander allong the sand looking for shells on the day we went we found some washed up jelly fish. There is plenty of parking...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Salenalh
Reviewed 20 May 2018

This reserve is absolutely lovely and a beautiful place to walk. The beach you walk on is amazing. Great countryside and wildlife. Really good advisor too within the reception...very knowledgeable and helpful.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Louise C
Reviewed 7 May 2018

It possibly helped that we were there on a glorious day weatherwise, but this place was fantastic. We arrived at around 9:30 on a Sunday morning and were the only ones there - the visitor centre doesn't open 'til 10 so we set off on...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Rai S
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

RSPB Mersehead great day out variety of birds excellent ,walks around reserve great ,hides overlooking the lakes clean and comfortable The staff at the site very knowledgeable and keen to help, small cafe on site serving hot drinks, and will be returning

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

If you're into birding and have plenty of warm clothes and strong footwear a winter visit is glorious. We saw a fine starling murmeration, geese galore plus a huge flock of rooks coming in to roost at dusk. For those who prefer to watch in...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Deb B
22 July 2018|
Response from Mersehead_Reserve | Property representative |
Hi Deb B, I am sorry for the delayed response. Yes we allow dogs onto the reserve, provided they are kept under proper control and that visitors follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It is important to keep to the trails... More
Glenda J
16 April 2018|
Response from Mersehead_Reserve | Property representative |
Hi Glenda J, There are two walking trails on the reserve. Both begin at the reserve's visitor centre, across from the main car park. The Coastal Trail is 2.5 mile circular route, which takes around 90 minutes to complete... More
Glenda J
16 April 2018|
Response from MagsR47 | Reviewed this property |
There are 2 trails, the wetland trail is 2 miles with 2 hides and the coastal trail which is 2.5 miles and includes the shoreline. Full information and a map are available at the visitor centre near the car park. Hot drinks... More