Situated near the southern end of Strath Halladale, the tiny community of Forsinard consists of a few scattered
houses, a hotel and a railway station.
It lies in the middle of an area of peatlands - a habitat known as 'blanket bog'. This is the famous Flow Country
of Caithness and Sutherland. The landscape is one of rolling moorland with sweeping views across the peatlands
to the western mountains of Sutherland beyond.
Despite its remote and sparsely populated location, there is much to attract the tourist to the area. If you are
looking for peace and quiet, then it doesn't come more peaceful than here. Alternatively, if you are into field
sports then the area offers opportunities for stalking and shooting. The angler is well catered for with dozens of
lochs and lochans where you can fish for brown trout and salmon fishing is available on the local rivers.
The Flow Country and its blanket bog peatlands is a rare and threatened habitat. The Royal Society for the Protection
of birds - the RSPB - owns and manages over 10,000 hectares of land in the area. It is a vital habitat for many
species and the society is actively conserving the bogs while at the same time encouraging the public to come and
While the railway station is still a stop on the Far North line, the station building has been converted into a
Visitor Centre. It is open daily from Easter to October and contains displays on the peatland habitat and the many
species of plants, animals and birds that inhabit it. There is a live CCTV link to a hen harrier nest and there is
a video display on the local wildlife. The centre offers activities for children as well as a number of marked trails
& walks. Throughout the summer there are also twice-weekly guided tours.