24 miles from Helmsdale in the northeast of the highlands is Forsinard bird reserve. This once threatened landscape of peatland has almost completely vanished from Scotland but here it is protected and serves as an important habitat for some fascinating and rare wildlife. Some of the `star species' include dippers, greenshanks, hen harriers and dunlins. There are also great views of the red deer which often venture closer to the roads in the winter months (take care when driving!). The views of the open landscapes are best viewed in winter when the cold air makes the view even clearer. The centre here offers guided bog walks, nature trails and Wildlife Explorer backpacks for children! Tel: 01641 571225