The Lichens of Muir of Dinnet’s Birch and Pinewoods

The pine and birch woods of the Cairngorms are hung and clad heavily in lichens.

Take this self-guided walk along the Parkin’s Moss Trail to learn the names of some of the common species, and to find out about the contribution of these lichens to woodland life.

Petra Vergunst, freelance ecologist, has written an introduction to lichens which will guide you along paths and trails in this stunning location.

Download the Guide here and start your lichen adventure today!

LOCATION Muir of Dinnet NNR, starting at the visitor centre car park
REQUIREMENTS The trail is about 2 miles
If you have a hand lens or magnifying glass bring it along (or a phone camera can help too), but the walk is designed so you will be able to see all the features discussed with the naked eye
TOILETS Toilets at the visitor centre
DOGS Well behaved dogs welcome on the reserve
DISABLED ACCESS There is disabled parking and disabled toilets at the starting point of the walk.
This walk is not accessible for people with mobility scooters or buggies as there are a few places that involve steps and/or narrow paths. A wooden bridge involves one or two steps either side, and the spur to Parkin’s Moss involves a narrow path (which can be avoided by going straight on on the main track).
BOOKING INFO No booking necessary

  • Date : May 13, 2022 - May 15, 2022
  • Time : 12:00 am - 12:00 pm (UTC)
  • Venue : Royal Deeside


Petra Vergunst