Dinnet Visitor Information Guide
Dinnet is a village in the Marr area of Aberdeenshire, on the main A93 road in the valley of the River Dee, it is said to be the gateway to both the Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park offering some great outdoor activities.
Royal Deeside village of Dinnet is a small village at the eastern entrance to the Park offering good access to the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, (NNR) with wetlands, woods and moors, here you will find pleasant pinewoods and open countryside for a pleasant stroll through the woodland, looking out for birds,wild animals and delicate woodland wild flowers.
The visitor centre at the Burn O’Vat explores the natural and cultural heritage of the reserve.
From here there are lovely walks through the woodland and around Loch Kinord, spot nesting birds on Loch Kinord, then take the path to the Burn O’Vat and on to a viewpoint with sweeping views across Loch Kinord and beyond, here you will find remnants of glaciers melted more than 10,000 years ago, the marks in the landscape survive today, One of these is the Burn O’Vat Gorge, where the Burn still flows, this is a impressive and beautiful cave formed during the Ice Age from water gouged out by rocks tumbling along in a stream beneath a glacier, producing a cauldron-shaped pothole.
Here you can make your way into the Vat through a narrow crack in the rock and stand in this atmospheric cavern, listen to the strange echoes of water that seems to pour out of the rocks.Outdoor activities such as golf, skiing, walking, mountain biking, fishing, shooting and stalking have always been popular, this part of highland Scotland is famed for the natural beauty of its lochs and mountains and was a great favourite of Queen Victoria.
- Dinnet Postcode AB34
- Dinnet Latitude: 57.0767° N Longitude: 2.8930° W
- Dinnet WOEID 18210
Lying in a basin of the river Dee, you will find two lochs, Kinord and Davan, dating from the Bronze Age nearby are the signs of ancient settlement.
On Loch Kinord is Crannog Island, an artificial creation, based upon a raft of logs and brushwood, it was built up by successive layers of stone and earth, held together by intersecting mortised timbers, until the whole contraption grounded by its own weight!
Kinord also has its Castle Island, where a medieval peel-tower played its part in one of the turbulent and bloody dramas of Scottish history.
Deeside towns Aboyne and Ballater are picturesque Victorian villages popular destination with great links to outdoor adventure, here you will find Lochnagar, or Beinn Chìochan a mountain located about five miles south of the River Dee near Balmoral.
The mountain gives its name to Deeside and Lochnagar National Scenic Area, one of 40 such areas in Scotland.
The designated national scenic area is 39,787 hectares in size, and covers the mountains surrounding Lochnagar as far south as the head of Glen Doll, as well Deeside to the north, made famous by Prince Charles’ book ‘The Old Man of Lochnagar.
Golf can be played in the brisk air of the 18-hole Ballater Golf Club, founded in 1892, this scenic 18-hole golf course offers its toughest challenge on its opening six holes, which include two difficult par threes.
Famous castles is found nearby, Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family, Neighbouring the imposing castle is the award-winning Royal Lochnagar Distillery serves as a flagship for Diageo's range of single malts, and this is reflected in the selection of whiskies on offer here.
Visit the Glenlivet Estate which includes the Tomintoul Museum, the museum can trace its origins back to 1976, combining the local museum and the tourist information centre offering a wide range of items of historical interest, and Blairfindy Castle, a ruined 16th century L-plan tower.