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About Nigg Bay RSPB nature reserve

Nigg Bay is an important area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland on the Cromarty Firth. It is one of the country's major stop-over points for migratory birds travelling between their breeding and wintering grounds.

Visit the viewing hide any time between October and March and you are likely to see countless wading birds and waterfowl, such as bar-tailed godwits, knot, geese and wigeon. During spring lookout for the lapwings tumbling display flights as they prepare to breed. The summer months bring a range of breeding birds to the wetland and saltmarsh areas and ospreys can be seen hunting in the bay.

The best time to visit is two to three hours on either side of high tide. Viewing hides open all year.


  • Parking
  • Pushchair Access
  • Walkers Welcome
  • Wheelchair Access