Yesterday we were allowed to resume on site at Muir of Dinnet for the first time since lockdown began. Woohoooo! We learnt the good news on Wednesday late afternoon after spending a tense day with everything crossed.
To say it feels fantastic and I am giddy with joy and relief would be an understatement!
Our ways of working and the way the reserve will work for visitors have adapted to keep us all safe. This is a dynamic situation so please bear with us while we make this transition and get our facilities up and running.
Currently the visitor center and the toilets remain closed while we put in place a safe distancing and sanitising strategy.
I am going to let the reserve speak for itself today.
What a truly beautiful place it is and on a 5 hour walk around I may have got slightly over-stimulated by the wildlife and the landscape, whilst making copious mental notes of where to strim first and what fire-pits to dismantle.
I took photo’s of nearly everything I could see and for this maiden voyage we took some aerial footage and believe me – even if you know the reserve well – you will have never seen it from this birds eye view before. Lucky birds! We were cruising at a discreet height of 3oo ft.
We don’t encourage use of drones as they disturb wildlife and other visitors quiet enjoyment of the countryside. This footage was taken by an approved operator under strict supervision. Please if you have questions regarding drone flying or broader questions please go to:
You might want to make yourself a cup of tea, find your comfiest chair and put on some relaxing music for this. Tranquil views for a rainy day. If you watch only one I would go for Crannog Island.
Thank – you so much to John McIntosh for accompanying and taking this amazing footage. Enjoy!
Our raised peat bog is flowering with bog cotton. The tufts of cottony bristles, drooping from the stems give the plant a strange habit all of its own and they flutter like a sea of hares tails – a name they are also known by.
Another bog specialist Bog asphodel is flowering and its golden star shaped flowers light up the boardwalk trail.