Burn O Vat

Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor. In its centre are two large lochs, Davan and Kinord, which provide a winter home for thousands of geese. To the west, you can find the hidden Vat, a spectacular geological feature famed for concealing the 18th Century outlaw, Gilderoy Macgregor.

There are many fine circular walks through the NNR, passing by such features as abandoned settlements and an ancient Celtic cross. There is an excellent visitor centre at the Burn O'Vat, to help you make the most of your visit.


Immediately to the north and west of Dinnet village, on the A93 and A97.


  • Variety of gentle walks (suitable for most abilities) to the Burn O' Vat and Loch Kinord.
  • Visitor Centre with displays on natural history, geology and archaeology (open mid-May to September 10.00-18.00, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Tel. 013398 81667.
  • Toilets (seasonal) & picnic site.
  • Burn O' Vat and Dinnet car park; no charge, open all year round.
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