Welcome back to Forsinard Flows

We want you to feel welcome and enjoy connecting to nature here in safety

Pool system and flows viewing tower

Despite some RSPB reserve facilities re-opening  we have had to make some changes around the reserve to help keep everyone safe. Please read the information below before you visit and when you arrive check the information board for the latest.

General Guidance 

  • We ask that you please follow the guidance on the signage around the reserve and advice from our staff and volunteers.  
  • Please ensure you follow Scottish Government guidance on physical distancing of 2m between you and others at all times.  

Boardwalk to flows lookout tower

Dubh Lochains Nature Trail & Flows Lookout Tower

From Friday 10th July there will be a one way system operating on the Dubh Lochains Trail. We would ask visitors to follow the boardwalk up to the tower but return to the car park via the flagstone trail through the pool system. Both the boardwalk and the flagstone trail are narrow paths less than 2 metres wide and this does not make physical distancing easy, so please follow the one way system as this is designed to minimise the need for people to walk past each other.

If using the path please be prepared to slow down or stop if needed to help maintain the necessary distance from others. If you meet other people, please pass quickly but courteously and try to leave as much space as possible.

Flagstone trail

Our trails are built on a challenging surface; the boardwalk is raised up off the bog surface and has a slight drop at either side and the flagstone trail is uneven and wet/slippery in places so visitors should exercise caution especially when trying to pass each other.

Flows Lookout Tower is still closed to visitors

The Flows Lookout Tower is a semi-enclosed space and is similar in nature to hides on other reserves, which remain closed for now. It is very difficult to maintain social distancing in these types of structures. We are following Scottish Government guidance and will only re-open them when we are comfortable our visitors, staff and volunteers can stay safe.  

Forsinard Flows Visitor Centre

The toilets in the reserve visitor centre will be accessible to visitors from Wed 15th July. They will then be available Mon-Fri (9am-5pm)  but there will be no access to the Flows Country exhibitions at this time. 

We would ask visitors using the toilet facilities to:

  • Keep your distance while waiting to use the toilet– at least 2 metres from other people
  • Avoid contact – try to avoid touching surfaces within the building
  • Wash Hands and follow hygiene rules both before and after using the facilities

Picnic Area

The picnic area next to the Visitor Centre will also be open again from Wed 15th July.

Please ensure you follow 2m physical distancing and hygiene rules when using our benches. 

Forsinain Nature Trail

The forsinain trail is a rough trail on variable surfaces and currently has a diversion in place due to peatland restoration work. Visitors are welcome to use this trail but should be aware that it is not currently being maintained by the reserve team due to limited resources at this time. It is likely to be overgrown and difficult to follow in places and we would current recommend that people do not use the the forsinain trail.

Contact Us

If you have any specific questions please contact us forsinard@rspb.org.uk or 01641 571 225

Additional information can also be found at www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot

Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe and we look forward to seeing you at Forsinard Flows