About a twenty minute drive from Appletree Cottage along the A811 towards Stirling takes you to Kippen roundabout. Turn left here and a couple of miles down the B road takes you to the entrance of Flanders Moss Nature Reserve
After turning off the main road at the sign a single track road takes you down to the free car park. Here, in this peaceful setting are a couple of picnic tables. Thoughtfully the tables have a block on which to place a portable barbecue.
From the car park a path takes you over a small bridge and along a woodland path which winds its way between the birch trees...
We chose to climb to the top of the viewing platform before going any further. A couple of stories high and timber built the platform is a substantial structure giving fantastic views across the Forth Valley
From the top of the platform one can see Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, the village of Thornhill and the mountains from Ben Ledi in the north across to Ben Lomond in the west.
The reserve has a long circular path running around it so once back on ground level we began to explore, keeping an eye out for birds, butterflies and bees...
The paths are all decking built above the bog to prevent visitors' feet getting wet.. A great place for kids to run about.
All over the reserve there are information boards to tell you about the flora and fauna dan history of the site. For more information you can visit this website: www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/scotlands-national-nature-reserves/flanders-moss-national-nature-reserve
Flanders Moss Nature Reserve is a great place to visit for nature lovers and walkers alike.. We'll be back again.