Red Moss of Netherley

Red Moss of Netherley is a mosaic of fen, marsh and woodland habitats and is one of the best examples of a raised bog in north east Scotland. Heather flourishes in these conditions, interspersed by the yellow spikes of bog asphodel and other bog plants such as Sphagnum moss and carnivorous sundews.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Peatland plants
  • Dragonflies and other insects

Best time to visit?

  • May to Aug for bog plants
  • May to Aug for insects

Visit for:

  • peatlands

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How to get there


Head north out of Stonehaven along the B979 for around 5 miles. The reserve entrance is located next to the bus stop on the right-hand side of the road, opposite a left-hand turn signposted to Ambleside B&B.

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Getting onto the reserve

Follow the access path next to the bus stop to get onto the reserve.

Access restrictions

Keep to the raised central area of the reserve because deep pools, ditches and undulating ground within the bog are dangerous. Note that there are no recognised paths on the reserve.

Nearest town
Stonehaven (5 mi / 8 km)
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About Red Moss of Netherley

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Gight Wood
Montrose Basin

Local group
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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