Walk: An ice day at Loch Kinord

[Loch Kinord with Culblean Hill beyond]

The tranquil lochs of Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve are easily accessible from the A93 in the  heart of Deeside. Loch Kinord forms the centrepiece, perfect for a varied walk with varied wildlife year-round. The whole route is clearly waymarked, starting at the visitor centre for nearby Burn o' Vat (itself well worth a visit) with plenty of views into the Cairngorms throughout: this is more than just a shoreline walk. A private chapel and a 9th century Pictish cross slab (the Kinord Stone) add historical interest, as well as the remains of a crannog out in the loch.

[Meikle Kinord chapel]

Name: Walk: An ice day at Loch Kinord ★☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 40 metres
Points of interest: Burn o' Vat Visitor Centre; Loch Kinord; Muir of Dinnet NNR; Meikle Kinord Chapel; Kinord Stone
Start / finish: Car park on B9119 at Burn o' Vat Visitor Centre, G.R.: NO 429997 / hunt lots decisions

Route: Circuit in either direction of Loch Kinord, waymarked in blue and on map here.
Terrain: Mostly level, clear paths.
Wildlife today: A few ducks and geese on the loch.
Weather today: Sunny but quite windy and only just about freezing; some snow lying and the loch mostly frozen. Strong winds driving thick ice floes onto the shore with immense force, snapping smaller trees before the ice shattered.

[Partially frozen Loch Kinord]


Route credit: Muir of Dinnet NNR

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