A Beauty Spots in North Highlands
Loch a' Mhuilinn also features grassland, peatbog, freshwater and seashore habitats, which help to attract a wide range of wildlife.
Best time to visit: Spring for woodland flowers. Summer for dragonflies.
Getting there: 2.5 miles south of Scourie, off the A894 road, on the north-eastern shore of Edrachillis Bay. Limited bus services connect with Ullapool and Inverness.
Visitor facilities: Parking near entrance and road/track into the heart of the reserve.
Contact: Reserve Manager, SNH, 17 Pulteney Street, Ullapool, Ross-shire IV26 2UP Tel: 01854 613418.
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The Private House Stay's Guide
The two areas of Caithness and Sutherland form Scotland's northern wilderness, north of Inverness. The scenery varies from wild cliffs and tiny islands to lonely moorland and remote sandy beaches with superb panoramic mountain views, plus tree-lined twisting roads and foaming rivers. Here you'll find dozens of ruined castles and ancient monuments, particularly in the east. There are also lots of golf courses and places where you can fish for salmon and trout. The boggy half of Caithness and Sutherland is known as the Flow Country (from the Old Norse word Floi meaning marshy ground).