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“Suprisingly lovely place”

Forsinard Flows RSPB Visitors Centre
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Forsinard
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Flow Country is a large, rolling expanse of peatland in Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland. It is the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. Together with associated areas of moorland and open water, large areas of the peatlands are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. They are recognised as being of national importance for conservation both as a habitat in their own right and because of the diverse range of rare and unusual breeding birds they support. Forsinard Flows is the largest reserve run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) at just over 20,000ha. At Forsinard you will find our Visitor Centre along with two trails and our new boardwalk and Flows Viewing Tower. - Here you will be able to discover more about the peatlands and why they are so special, as well as the opportunity to see some wildlife and take in views of the vast landscape. Please be aware that viewing peatland birds often takes a lot of time and patience! Guided walks are run on a Monday and Tuesday afternoons and 4x4 safaris are on the last Sunday of the month during the summer. Please check our website for details.
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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“Suprisingly lovely place”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

On a holiday to Scotland we made an impromptu visit here and was suprised at the tranquility and peacefulness.
Set immediately next to railway station inside which is the RSPB centre. A lovely set-up, with an informative film playing, and brochures and leaflets to hand....even a coffee machine for visitors to use.
At the time we visited, it was the ' rutting season' for deer,and some were visible. An eagle was also soaring.
Will visit again in spring and hope to see wildlife different to this visit

Visited September 2013
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New Mexico
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“Moors off the beaten path”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We took a fun detour on our route from Thurso to Durness through Forsinard. We loved it! I had been wanting to see moors, and this was a perfect example. The roads through the region were lovely, and the naturalist at the Center was informative and friendly. It was raining, so the short nature walk was perfect. If you're making the loop from Golval through Kimbrace through Dalvina and back up to Bettyhill, be sure to stop at this lovely spot.

Visited September 2013
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Lochwinnoch
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“Interesting but remote”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Shortly after my retirement, my wife and I went off to Caithness on holiday to see the shortest night. While there we visited Forsinard reserve. Surprisingly, access to the reserve is good by road (given North Highland standards) and it is well signposted. The visitors' centre itself is a pleasant little place with a fair variety of books, booklets and information posters and even a few trinket type souvenirs largely in line with other RSPB reserves. We were also able to ge advice on bird watching sites and guided tours on the North coast. I would say it is definitely worth a visit if you are in that part of the world. Did we get to see the shortest night? Well, I suppose so but it was deeply cloudy so no different to those at home.

Visited June 2012
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Alness, United Kingdom
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“Learn more about The Flow Country”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Make for the little visitors centre in the train station and learn about the reserve, the birds and the peatland then take the handout and make for the walk that takes you around the series of lochans. Its very easy to follow the path as its all flat caithness flags (kids might enjoy jumping from one to the other?). The day we went we didnt see a single bird (which seemed a bit strange for a RSBP site!) but it was a sunny day and the wander was nice.

Visited September 2012
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