Summary accessibility statement
Before you visit
The weather here is often changeable, so we recommend you wear waterproofs and warm clothing as well as wellies or stout footwear. This is just as important during summer as winter. We also recommend sunscreen and bottled water on sunny days, as cover from the sun can be minimal.
How to get here
Our visitor centre is in the former station building at Forsinard on the Wick-Inverness railway line, so simply get off the train at Forsinard. It isn't a request stop and there are regular trains. You can check the times at scotrail.co.uk.
Due to the remote location of the reserve there is unfortunately no bus or taxi service.
We are on the A897, which is a single-track road with passing places that runs from Helmsdale (South) to Melvich (North). We are 29 miles from Thurso and 94 miles from Inverness.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Access to facilities
- Unfortunately due to the nature of the peatlands, our two trails aren't accessible to people of all abilities. However the Dubh-lochain Trail boardwalk provides reasonably easy access for a wide range of people.
- The Dubh-lochain Trail is one mile long and starts just along the road from the Visitor Centre. This short, easy route takes you to the Flows Lookout Tower, with great views across some of the bog pools. The boardwalk gives easy access to the tower and there's a flagstone path through the pools - but take care the surface can be uneven and wet. Allow 45mins to 1hr 30mins to explore the pools.
- Please keep your dog under proper control at all times.
- During the ground nesting bird breeding season (April to July) keep your dog on a short lead or close at heal, so that birds are not disturbed or nests damaged.
- The short Viewpoint Trail at Forsinain is a good place to exercise your dog without disturbing the wildlife or bog pools on the two nature trails.
- Please remember to bag and bin dog poo!
- Drinking water is available at the visitor centre for dogs (Only assistance dogs should be taken inside the centre).