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 recently 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 into my accessible Scottish walks series.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
As you walk around Flanders Moss it’s hard not to notice the beautiful mountain backdrop that surrounds the area.
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. It would have been nicer if the sun had been shining, but that might be expecting too much from our Scottish weather.