Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Nature Centres & Reserves

Burn O' Vat Visitor Centre, Dinnet, By Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5NB

    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

    Muir of Dinnet blends woodland, heath, open water and an impressive example of nature's sculptural work, all on one site. Visit the Burn `o Vat, a giant pothole carved by a huge melt water stream during the last Ice Age. 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 waters of the lochs.

    The best time to visit is in spring and winter for birds, and all year round for visits to the Burn `o Vat.

    Facilities include a visitor centre and toilets at Burn O' Vat, open daily throughout the year. The main car park is located at the Burn O' Vat Visitor Centre. Paths are available to the Burn `o Vat, onto Parkin's Moss, around Loch Kinord, from Dinnet village and between Lochs Kinord and Davan. The paths are of varying standards.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Open all year, except 25/26th Dec and 1/2nd Jan, staff permitting


    • Tactile displays/exhibits
    • The main entrance has level access


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Road Directions

    The Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre is two and a half miles (one hour walk) from Dinnet Village and is signposted from both the A93 Aberdeen to Ballater road and the B9119 at Milton of Logie.

    Public Transport Directions

    Stagecoach Bluebird service 201 stops in Dinnet Village. The Reserve can be accessed via the footpath from the village car park.

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