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Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

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Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve
By Dinnet
Aboyne
Aberdeenshire
AB34 5NB
Scotland
Telephone (01224) 642863
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Muir of Dinnet blends woodland, heath, open water and an impressive example of nature's sculptural work, all on one site.

Just at the edge of Dinnet village, there’s a place where you can walk through some of Deeside’s prettiest woodlands and picnic beside a loch clothed in water lilies. And if you fancy scrambling into a granite cauldron, following in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, you can do that too!

Visit the Burn O’Vat and feel the rock walls swallow you up in their damp embrace, cutting you off from the outside world. Elsewhere, wander through birch woodlands, watch for the flash of a damselfly’s wings or savour the peace and tranquillity of a summer reflection in the clear water of the lochs.

Lying within the Cairngorms National Park, Muir of Dinnet has a range of enchanting walks through the woodland and around the water-filled kettle hole that forms Loch Kinord. There are four waymarked paths starting from the visitor centre. They range from just under a mile to the Burn O’Vat and up to nearly four miles on the Loch Kinord circular path. Take time to stroll through the woodland looking out for birds, animals and delicate woodland wildflowers

There is a visitor centre, which tells the story of how the different elements of the reserve evolved and what you are likely to see if you go out to enjoy the reserve. You can find out how glaciers carved up the landscape, how the lochs and bogs formed, how well the woodland is doing and why the reserve is so special. The visitor centre is rated Gold as part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

There are toilets a short distance beyond the visitor centre, which are open all year. One of these toilets is wheelchair accessible and also has baby changing facilities.The main car park is located at the Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre.

There are toilets a short distance beyond the visitor centre, which are open all year. One of these toilets is wheelchair accessible and also has baby changing facilities.The main car park is located at the Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre.

We kindly ask that all of our visitors take their litter home, keep their dogs under close control and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to help us to keep this a special place.

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Directions

By Road: From Aberdeen, follow the A93 Aberdeen – Ballater road, which passes through Dinnet. The main car park is at the Burn O’Vat Visitor Centre, 3.5 miles from Dinnet. Head southwest on the A93 for 2.3 miles, then turn on to the B9119. There are no width or height restrictions at the car park and there are dedicated accessible spaces.

Parking is also available in the village of Dinnet or at New Kinord, west of the A97: head north out of Dinnet and take the first minor road on the left to the car park.

By Public Transport: The nearest bus stop is in Dinnet, although Bluebird Buses will often stop on request at the junction between the B9119 and the A93, 1.5 miles from Burn O’Vat. There is no roadside pavement along the B9119.

The nearest train station is Insch (21 miles from Dinnet) on the Inverness – Aberdeen line.

By Bike: The nearest cycleway is the Dinnet to Ballater section of the Deeside Way.

On Foot: The network of paths around the Reserve link to the Forestry Commission Scotland’s walks around Cambus o’May and link to the Deeside Way at the village of Dinnet. There is no roadside pavement along the B9119. The Deeside Way (following the old railway line from Dinnet to Ballater) is accessible from Aboyne to Ballater.

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