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Marram grass growing on the sand dunes at Tentsmuir NNR, Forth and Borders Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

​An ever-changing landscape

The landscape at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve (NNR) changes almost as you watch. The reserve has the full spectrum of coastal habitats – from constantly moving sand at the edge of the sea to the colourful dune heathland. Seals haul themselves out of the water to watch the world go by, and hungry birds feed on the rich mix of food in the mudflats.

Inland, discover the hidden gem of Morton Loch, a mosaic of wetland and woodland. Here, search for birds, such as the shy teal dabbling at the water’s edge, and the elusive otter.

Whether you want to explore the paths and trails, take a leisurely walk along the beach or look out for rarities in one of the bird hides, Tentsmuir has it all.

Find out more about visiting Tentsmuir NNR.

Top attractions

  • Watch waders and wildfowl gathering at Tentsmuir Point.
  • Spot the colourful flash of kingfishers at Morton Lochs.
  • At dusk, you could spot up to five species of bat.
  • Follow our trails to explore the beaches, lochs and woods.
  • Watch seals resting on the sandbanks.
  • Explore the Time Line Trail to discover fascinating history.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.


Reserve manager: Tom Cunningham

Scottish Natural Heritage
Fetterdale Office
Tentsmuir Forest

Telephone: 01738 45 8818
Email: [email protected]

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Tentsmuir NNR is a member of VisitScotland and the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).

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