Loch Fleet

A large tidal basin with sand dunes, coastal heath and pinewoods. The pine woodland supports species such as Scottish crossbill, crested tit and pine marten.

Scottish crossbill (c) Steve Gardner

Why visit?

  • The variety of habitats and species
  • Spot otters and seals from the shore
  • Find orchids amongst the heath
  • Watch butterflies on the wing

Best time to visit?

  • Spring/summer for woodland plants
  • All year round for scenery

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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