Kinbrace to Forsinard (Overview)


Kinbrace/Forsinard, on the Far North Line between Inverness & Thurso

Walk Length & Gradient

7 miles station to station (Ramble), Moderate

OS Explorer map(s)

449 Strath Halladale & Strathy Point

Walk Link(s) and Source(s)

Railwalks Route

Walk Description

A chance to experience the vast emptiness of the Northern Highlands and see the Flow Country without getting your feet wet! The sense of isolation here is palpable. You will have great views of Loch an Ruathair and the peak of Creag Sail a Bhathaich beyond it from this walk. This route runs on a very quiet single-track road that links Kinbrace and Forsinard stations directly. It also runs parallel to the railway line.

Other Useful Information

It is suggested to start the walk at Kinbrace and walk to Forsinard, rather than vice versa. This is because the excellent Forsinard Flows RSPB site at Forsinard (more below) is a great way to use any time you have left whilst waiting for your train. There are also self-serve refreshments available and you can stay warm and dry! There is very little at Kinbrace besides a platform and a shelter.

The fantastic Forsinard Flows RPSB site at Forsinard station offers a chance to rest your legs after your walk from Kinbrace and learn more about the environmental and ecological importance of the Flow Country from an excellent video and other exhibits. From Forsinard station, a further 15 minute walk across the Flows on a specially-built boardwalk gives access to a spectacular RSPB lookout tower with great views across the vast expanse of blanket bog.