Places to see Dragonflies in Scotland

Site Name Area Nearest Town or Village Grid Reference Post Code Species Recorded  Notes
Monadh Mor Highland Inverness NH579526 N/A 10 Forestry Commission. This site in on the A832, two miles west of the Tore roundabout on the A9. There is a network of paths and several ponds to visit. This site has a large population of White-faced Darters. 
No facilities.
Abernethy Forest Highland Boat of Garten NH952190 PH25 3EF 12 RSPB Reserve. This location has many ponds; with Northern Damselfly, Northern Emerald and White-faced Darter all breeding locally. Facilities at the Loch Garten Osprey Centre.
Castle Fraser Aberdeen-shire Inverurie NJ725125 AB51 7LD 10 NTS property. Signposted. This has the most northerly population of Azure Damselflies in Scotland and the most easterly population of Northern Damselflies. 
Tailend Moss West Lothian Bathgate NT005678 N/A 9 SWT Reserve. Take the M8 from Edinburgh until Jct 3a, at the roundabout go straight on (A779 to Livingston), after 200m there is a parking place on the left on a section of closed road by a metal barrier. Tailend Moss can be seen to the north. 
No facilities.
Tentsmuir Forest Fife Leuchars NO498242   8 Tentsmuir Forest is 1.5 miles east of the B945 between Leuchars and Tayport in northeast
Fife. Follow signs for Kinshaldy Beach. All the common species are found on this site plus
the Four-spotted Chaser, which is a rarity this far east.
Contact Alex Easson at the FCS on 01382 553962 for more information. 
Hogganfield Park Local Nature Reserve  Glasgow Glasgow NS639672 (car park) G33 1AH
(car park)

The park lies 5km northeast of Glasgow city centre. The park is bounded to the north and west by Cumbernauld Road (A80) and by Avenue End Road (B765) to the east. There is a great deal of work going on improving the wildlife habitats here. All common species can be found here in and around the ponds at the marsh (at the other side of the loch to the car park).This site is owned and managed by Glasgow City Council.

Park ponds Glasgow Glasgow Various locations through the city Various 4-9+ Several park ponds are managed for wildlife and/or had their banks naturalised and planted with native species improving them as wildlife habitats. In particular Robroyston Park LNR, Springburn Park, Festival Park and Dams to Darnley are worth a visit.
Flanders Moss Stirling-shire Stirling NS647978 FK8 3QQ 11 Head south from Thornhill on the B822 Kippen Road for 2 miles then turn right onto a
minor road and follow this for 0.6 miles to the car park. Seriously under-recorded, at least
11 species are likely to breed on the reserve. The board walk is DDA compliant and follows a circular route which is less than 800m long, it is an excellent place to see dragonflies basking in the summer.
No facilities. The nearest public toilet is located at Thornhill a couple of miles up the road
Culzean Country Park Ayrshire Maybole NS232103 KA19 8LE 9 Signposted. NTS Property. This site has several ponds within its grounds. All of the common species are found here. 
Crombie Country Park Angus Carnoustie NO528401 DD5 3QL 6+ Signposted.  There are two ponds a short distance from the car park (follow the way marked red trail) and also wetland areas at the west end of Crombie Loch. 
Knowetop Lochs Galloway New Galloway NX706786 N/A 11 SWT Reserve. On the A712, 5 miles west of the village of Corsock in Dumfries and Galloway. Parking is in a layby beside the reserve entrance gate and sign. The Emperor Dragonfly has been sighted here and may breed here. 
No facilities.
Loch Ardinning East Dunbarton-shire Strathblane NS564779 N/A 10 This reserve lies 1 mile south of Strathblane on the A81 (the Glasgow to Aberfoyle road).
Both parking areas are just off the main road.  There is a circular route suitable for all-abilities path; it is approx 1.5km long which runs from both parking areas and partly along the loch.
No facilities.
David Marshall Lodge Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Aberfoyle NN520014 FK8 3SX 8 Forestry Commission. The Visitor Centre is a mile north of Aberfoyle on the A821 (Dukes Pass). There is a pond by the car park. Many other excellent sites can be found in the surrounding forests. 
Lenzie Moss East Dunbarton-shire Lenzie NS654719 G66 4UA 7+ LNR. Park at Lenzie Railway station and walk down to the rugby club along Kirkintilloch Road or onto the site along the path through the woods at the west end of the car park. The site is a cut-over raised bog. 
No facilities.
Vogrie Country Park Mid-Lothian Dalkeith NT375632 EH24 4NU 7 Mid-Lothian Council Country Park. Signposted.
Culbin Forest Highland Nairn NH997615   9 Forestry Commission. Signposted. Leave the A96 at Brodie and follow signs to Culbin, the Wellhill car park.