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.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Woodland and coastal walks
  • Bird hide
  • Otters and seals
  • Orchids
  • Waterfowl and coastal birds

Best time to visit?

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

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery
  • mammals

Other information

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

Paths lead through the reserve.


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How to get there


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.

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Getting onto the reserve

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

Access restrictions

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

Nearest town
Golspie (4 mi / 6.4 km)
OS grid ref
Landranger map


About Loch Fleet

Out & about

Nearby reserves
TalichBelmaduthy DamBen Mor Coigach

Local group
North of Scotland

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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