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Accessible Scottish Walks: Flanders Moss

I love being outdoors and finding new accessible walks. I had heard of Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve a while ago, but anytime we thought about going the weather ended up not playing ball. So we decided to take advantage of the dry day and go for it. Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve is a short walk (0.6 miles) and level, making it a great wheelchair accessible Scottish walk.

Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve

It’s a nice nature reserve located 10 miles from Stirling, between Thornhill and Kippen (take the B822 off Kippen and follow the signs for the Nature Reserve). What makes it unique is the fact that it is the UK’s largest raised bog that has remained in a near-natural state.

Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Car Park
Wheelchair Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve
Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Car Park Via bridge

My nephew came along with us as he absolutely loves being outdoors and exploring. We parked our car in the car park and made our way across the little bridge.

Flanders Moss Viewing Tower

Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Viewing Tower
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Viewing Tower

There is a short walk through some trees before reaching the viewing tower. This was a huge hit with my Nephew who is a massive Paw Patrol fan. If you’re not familiar with the kid’s TV show, Paw Patrol, there is a lookout where the characters (pups) go.

So my nephew thought he was part of the Paw Patrol and sang the theme song as he climbed to the top of the lookout.

Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Viewing Tower
Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Viewing Tower

Unfortunately, there are steps up to the top of the viewing tower, but that didn’t bother me as I loved seeing how excited my little Paw Patrol Pup was as he shouted down to me from the top.

Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve boardwalk
landers Moss National Nature Reserve accessible paths
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve accessible paths simplyemma
Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve

The path leads onto either a boardwalk or a smooth aggregate path. The reserve is a great place to explore the wildlife amongst the peat moss, which has cotton grass, shrubs and heather all around.

Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Peat bog
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve peat bog
Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve Cotton Grass
Accessible Scottish Walks Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve View from tower

As you walk around Flanders Moss it’s hard not to notice the beautiful mountain backdrop that surrounds the area.

Trossachs Woollen Mill
Trossachs Woollen Mill Highland Cows

After our walk, we took our Nephew to see the Highland Cows at the Trossachs Woollen Mill at Kilmahog, Callander. It’s around 8 miles from Flanders Moss, so it’s a good place to stop off for something to eat or to use the toilet facilities after exploring the nature reserve.

We enjoyed our short stroll through Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve and I found it to be very accessible for my power wheelchair.

It would have been nicer if the sun had been shining, but that might be expecting too much from our Scottish weather.

Looking for more accessible walks in Scotland? Why not try:

Accessible Scottish Walks: Strathyre
An Accessible Trail Through Devilla Forest
Linlithgow Loch, A Wheelchair Accessible Walk in West Lothian, Scotland
Visiting The Japanese Garden at Cowden In A Wheelchair

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Hello I’m Emma. My mission is to show you the possibilities of accessible travel through my travel guides, tips and reviews. I also share personal stories, live event reviews and more.

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6 Responses

  1. Brilliant blog Emma. Thank you. I am 65, have Spina Bifida, and use a small mobility boot scooter. Like you, I love to travel, and make lists,(which you are now on .lol.), and am always looking for places to visit.Kind regards, Mary

    1. Hi Mary! Thanks for getting in touch – it’s lovely to hear from you. That’s great to know that you love to travel and visit new places too. I’d love to hear if you’d been or are going anywhere this year? Thanks again for saying hello 🙂

      1. Hi Emma, Not planning anything exciting this year, except my yearly “pilgrimage” to England, to visit friends in the Lincolnshire area, where I used to live.When I turned When I turned 60 and got my pension lump sum, I went to Australia. amd went hot ait ballooning at Alice Springs. Went across Canada on the Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver, then to Alaska on a cruise. Worst place I have been to in recent years is Milan, Booked a hired scooter, but there was a mix up and they only had an electric wheelchair available. Taxis were “accessible” but only if you could get out of the chair, fold it up and put it in the boot. Forget about any public transport, and the city is full of high pavements without ramps.

        1. That sounds lovely Mary. I’m sure you’ll have a great time in Lincolnshire – it must feel like going back home. Australia and Canada sounds amazing. I’ve always wanted to go to Canada – maybe one day. That’s not so good about Milan and the problems with their taxi’s. I wonder if things have improved or if it’s still the same. Would be interesting to find out. I had a terrible time trying to get an accessible taxi in Prague that would allow me to stay in my wheelchair, but they didn’t have any so that wasn’t difficult to manage.

  2. Thanks, Emma. I was looking for an accessible walk to do with grandad in his wheelchair and my husband on crutches. This was just the ticket! We saw numerous lizards and came across a group trekking with four alpacas ( I see you did a blog on that, too!). I’m glad I came upon your helpful blog. Keep posting!

    1. Hi Eileen. Thank you so much for your comment. I’m so glad you went to Flanders Moss and enjoyed the accessible walk. It’s a lovely little walk and it’s really cool you got to see lizards as well as the alpacas. I’m hoping to do a few more accessible walks and write about them so keep a look out for them 🙂 Thanks again for your lovely comment.

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