Plan your visit
The Forsinard Visitor Centre & Toilet is open 7 days a week from 1 April – 31 October 9am - 5pm
The Flows Lookout Tower & Dubh Lochains Trail is open all year
The Forsinain Trail is currently closed until May following peatland restoration work and infrastructure repairs.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Free, but we would encourage visitors to consider either joining the RSPB as a member or leaving a donation.
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.
Group booking information
It is possible to arrange group visits to the reserve. Please contact the reserve office in advance of your visit to discuss your requirements and we will try our best to accommodate your group. Be aware that it is not always possible to provide a member of staff or volunteer for ad-hoc guided walks.
If your group is an educational, research or volunteer group then please contact the reserve office if you would like to enquire about making use of the accommodation facilities in the Field Centre. These facilities are non-commercial and available to educational, research or volunteer groups only. There are a number of private accommodation providers in the area who cater for other visitors and we would be more than happy to pass on their details.
Schools booking information
It is possible to arrange educational visits to the reserve, both for school groups and for other education establishments. Please contact the reserve office in advance of your visit to discuss your requirements and we will try our best to accommodate your group.
The field centre has an education room, field laboratory and bunkroom accommodation available for use by education, research and volunteering groups. If you would like to book these facilities then please contact the reserve office for further details.