Loch Fleet

Loch Fleet is a good example of a large tidal basin with sand dunes, mudflats, coastal heath and pinewoods. The pinewoods support Scottish crossbills, crested tits and pine martens, as well as woodland plants, such as one-flowered wintergreens. 

Otters and seals may be seen, and ospreys and terns fish in the estuary during summer.  

Paths lead through the reserve.

Song thrush © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Woodland and coastal walks
  • Otters and seals
  • Orchids

Best time to visit?

  • Spring/summer for woodland plants
  • Winter for wading birds

Visit for:

  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Geology
  • Coasts
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


The reserve is located east of the main road (A9) in Sutherland, between Dornoch and Golspie. As you enter Golspie, turn right onto the golf course road to Littleferry. There are two car parks at Littleferry and two smaller car parks before this.

Getting onto the reserve

Access to the reserve can be gained from any of the car parks along the road to Littleferry.

Getting round this reserve

There are many woodland and coastal walks at this reserve, as well as 4 car parks.


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