Below the Blanket

Join us for a captivating, atmospheric walk through new artworks and soundscapes inspired by Scotland's Flow Country.

Experience the enchanting and ethereal sounds of the Flow Country

RSPB Lookout Tower

A selection of the works

About the event

The Flow Country is the world’s largest blanket bog, a vast mass of peat and Sphagnum moss, shot through with hundreds of lochs, that covers 200,000 hectares in Caithness and Sutherland. Home to many rare animals, birds, insects and plants, the peat also acts as a natural store for carbon, helping to offset the effects of climate change.

Under the Creative Direction of Cathie Boyd at performance art house Cryptic, artists Kathy Hinde, Luci Holland, Hannah Imlach, Heather Lander, Matthew Olden and composer Malcolm Lindsay have made work responding to the Flow Country’s wildlife and soundscape, the gradual process of peat formation, and even the way the blanket bog ‘breathes’ as it expands and contracts.


About the installations

Artistic Interpretations of the installations can be viewed here

Practical information

Dates and Times

Wed 24 Jul – Sun 25 Aug 2019 (closed Tue)

19.00 – 21.00 (with intakes every 15 mins)


£14 / £12 RBGE Members / £8 Conc. / £8 Disabled (+ free carer ticket) + booking fee.


East Gate, Inverleith Row, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, EH3 5LP


Direct: 0871 220 0260

Online: SEE Tickets

Tickets can also be purchased on the door from 19:00.

Adverse Weather Plan and Event Cancellation

Below the Blanket at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh operates six days a week (closed Tue) and therefore there is a team of key stakeholders who monitor weather conditions both in advance and on site during the days. For Below the Blanket, the weather is monitored daily both by the venue and Cryptic teams.

A decision to close could be for the following reasons:

  • Heavy rain and thunder storms;
  • High winds and tree limb damage; 

  • Any inclement weather which makes conditions underfoot unsafe.

The decision to close Below the Blanket would be taken no later than 15:00 on the day of the event, and would be taken by the on-duty Event Manager and venue Duty Manager. The team would always look to take this decision as early as possible to promptly notify customers.

In the event of a cancellation: 

  • An email or SMS from SEE Tickets will be sent to each customer before 16:00 with a cancellation notice;
  • Following this, a second communication will be sent to the customer as soon as possible outlining the customer’s options. Depending on the date of the cancellation, these options may include:
    • Customers providing their original booking reference number to SEE Tickets which can be used to re-book tickets to the equivalent financial value in any future available timeslots for the event.
    • Customers will also be able to purchase additional tickets or add-ons, at an additional cost, should they need to; 

    • If no future date is suitable, SEE Tickets will have 28 days to validate a refund. All refunds will be completed by 28 September 2019.

About the Flow Country

Discover one of the world’s last wild places, stretching across Caithness and Sutherland in the far north of Scotland here

Covering about 200,000 hectares, it’s more than twice the size of Orkney. Altogether, this corner of Scotland holds more than 400,000 hectares of blanket bog, making it the largest expanse of this remarkable, wild habitat in Europe.

More here



Presented as part of The Peatland Partnership’s Flows to the Future Project in collaboration with lead partner RSPB Scotland and in association with RBGE, Below the Blanket is produced by Cryptic, with Creative Direction by Cathie Boyd. Supported by: National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Highland Council, Environmental Research Institute, Creative Scotland, PRSF's Talent Development Partnership and official drinks partner, The Old Curiosity Distillery.

Lead image by Lorne Gill, SNH