Forsinard

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Forsinard
Walls on Ben Griam Beg - geograph.org.uk - 162529.jpg
Walls on Ben Griam Beg from a clearance village
Forsinard is located in Sutherland
Forsinard
Forsinard
Location within the Sutherland area
OS grid referenceNC891430
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CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFORSINARD
Postcode districtKW13
Dialling code01641
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58°22′N 3°54′W / 58.36°N 3.90°W / 58.36; -3.90Coordinates: 58°22′N 3°54′W / 58.36°N 3.90°W / 58.36; -3.90

Forsinard is a hamlet in the county of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland.[1] It is located on the A897 road in Strath Halladale. It is served by a railway station on the Far North Line. The local hotel closed several years ago, but there is now a b&b just across the level crossing.

Forsinard is situated in the Flow Country, an area of peat bog which straddles the borders of Caithness and Sutherland. The 13,000-hectare (33,000-acre) Fosinard estate was purchased in 1977 by Basil Baird.[2] The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds runs a 154 km2 (38,000-acre) nature reserve and a visitor centre at Forsinard. The Forsinard Flows national nature reserve attracts a large range of birds and wildlife.[3]

Rail transport[edit]

Forsinard railway station in 1998 with the RSPB visitor centre at left and a southbound steam hauled excursion taking water.

Forsinard Railway Station lies on the picturesque Far North Line, located north of Kinbrace and south of Altnabreac.

It was opened by the Highland Railway on 28 July 1874. From 1 January 1923 it was owned by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The station is currently managed by Abellio ScotRail. The original two storey station building, which is located on the northbound platform, is used as the RSPB visitor centre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forsinard". The Gazetteer for Scotland. School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ Campbell, Alan (20 May 1981). "For Sale at over £700,000… wilderness with possibilities". The Glasgow Herald. p. 9. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Forsinard Flows". Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Retrieved 30 January 2019.

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