Facilities at Forsinard Flows

Full facilities information

The recently refurbished visitor centre is open from 9am - 5pm (April to October). Discover more about the peatlands in the exhibition area; watch one of our range of films, explore the peatland simulation or try your hand at the peatland management game. 

  • Forsinard Car Park (for Visitor Centre / Flows Lookout & Dubh Lochan Trail) - 5 regular spaces and 2 Blue Badge spaces are available in the tarmac-surfaced car park shared with the railway station at the visitor centre. An additional 12 spaces on a gravel surface (including two larger spaces for campervans) is also available.  No overnight parking.
  • Forsinain Car Park (for Forsinain Trail) -  car park is a mixed tarmac/gravel surface without designated spaces, 5 miles (7 km) north of the visitor centre. Overnight parking permitted for up to 24 hours.
  • Cycle racks for up to six bikes at the visitor centre.
  • No height restriction.

Situated in the visitor centre.

Situated in the visitor centre.

  • Tea and coffee are available from the reserve visitor centre.
  • The privately run Station Cottage tearoom can be found just south of the railway at Forsinard (opening times vary with the time of year).
  • Alternatively, the Halladale Inn & Campsite is located in Melvich on the north coast along with the Westend Store.

No shop on-site.

Situated in the visitor centre.

There are two picnic benches at Forsinard for people looking to enjoy their packed lunch or a snack in the fresh air.

There is a small fee for guided walks.

  • The Flows Lookout Tower is open at all times.
  • The Flows Lookout gives a unique perspective of the pool system on our Dubh Lochan Trail as well as great views out over the surrounding landscape. While the Flows Lookout Tower will give you amazing views out over this internationally important landscape, visitors should be aware that it is not a bird hide. While it is possible (with time, patience and some good luck!) to see birds and other wildlife from the tower, it is designed to allow visitors a different perspective of the peatland landscape. Bird species in the flow country are dispersed across this vast area so visitors should not be expecting to see colonies of birds from the tower.
  • The Dubh Lochan Trail, the trail is a mile long and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. It is relatively easy walking, with a new boardwalk that allows a broad range of people to access the Flows Lookout.
  • Please note there is no rim or railing on the boardwalk so care should be taken when using pushchairs or wheelchairs.
  • For a longer walk, the Forsinain Trail starts at a roadside car park four miles north of Forsinard. Allow two to three hours for the four mile walk.
  • Visitors are requested to stay on the trails in order to prevent damage to this fragile habitat. Trail guides are available from the visitor centre.
  • The Flows Field Centre includes an education room, field laboratory and bunkroom accommodation for educational groups and groups of volunteers.
  • Please give the reserve office a call to discuss possible visits and our field teaching program.