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Lichens and Lore at Castle Semple


Join us at Loch Semple to discover the secrets of the Collegiate Chuch and Auld Simon - including the amazing array of lichens which can be found growing on the stonework! 

This unique event combines guided walks, led by the Castle Semple rangers, with a lichen identification and recording workshop, to bring you an experience steeped in natural and cultural heritage. 

Our workshop will suit anyone with an interest in learning more about lichens - all that's required is enthusiasm! Whether you're a lichen aficionado or a total newbie, we'd love to have you along. 


•    Discover 500 years of history on guided walks led by Castle Semple Rangers 

•    Learn how to identify some of the common lichens found growing on old stone buildings in a dedicated workshop led by a lichen expert

•    Share your finds in our national database, to contribute to our understanding of the unique interplay between natural and cultural heritage


Key Information 

When: 28th August, 10am - 3pm            

Where: Meet Loch Semple Carpark, near the Visitor Centre    

Bring your own: Lunch! There will be limited access to refreshment facilities, so we also recommend bringing snacks and a drink. 

This event includes around 3 miles of walking on tracks and paths. We will progress at a leisurely pace, but there are some uphill sections, and sturdy outdoor footwear is recommended for any muddy areas.  

There will be access to the toilets at Castle Semple during lunch. 

Enquiries: Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Book now on our Eventbrite page. 



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