Kaltene coastal trail

Bay of Riga  >  Latvia

Birding along the shore of the Bay of Riga to watch spring and autumn migration. With viewpoints and a birdwatching-tower .

Added* by John Morecroft
Most recent update 12 February 2020


Birdingtrail along a stony beach on the shore of the Bay of Rīga near Kaltene. You will see small inlets and capes and a rocky or overgrown shore. At the end of the trail (1 km) there is a bird-watching tower. During spring and autumn migration this is a great place for birding.

The Kaltene coastal formations are protected and a geological and geomorphological nature monument. The nature trail along the coast opens up beautiful views to the landscapes characteristic to the Riga Gulf shore and Kaltene sea coast strewn with boulders. During spring and autumn bird migration there are many Anseriformes and Charadriiformes present here. Nice birds that are seen here are Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Phalarope, White-tailed Eagle, Red-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe en Grey Plover.



Start of the trail, at the parking lot, is marked with a sign Sākums (Start) following with direction arrows afterwards. When the trail is mowed, it is easy to follow the path. Till the beginning of July the trail is not being mowed due to bird nesting in the coastal reeds and bushes.

Terrain and Habitat

Sea , Beach


Flat , Rocky , Hilly , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Autumn , Spring


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

A infopanel on how to recognise the various birds is installed at the tower for beginning birdwatchers.

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