Flora

Flora

What makes the plants of Caithness and Sutherland different is that the climate is cool and influenced by the ocean that surrounds the North. So it is a interesting vegetation; near the sea it is adapted to cool cloudy summers and mild windy winters; the mountaintops have semi- alpine conditions of cool summers and wild cold frosty winters, then there are sheltered inland valleys which naturally grow woodland.

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This climate produces a big variety of habitats to visit – high mountains, peatlands, seacliffs, sandy beaches and machair, crofting land, farms and native woodland. So the plants themselves are special almost everywhere you look. Find the Scottish primrose at Strathy point, the high alpines growing at sea level at Bettyhill and Inchnadamph, St. Olaf’s Candlestick and the beautiful Twinflower at Balblair Wood near Golspie…..just to name but a few.

Photos on this page by Ken Crossan.

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John O' Groats Trail Launch

John O' Groats Trail Launch

We will celebrate the official start of work on a trail from Inverness to John o' Groats. John Thurso, chair of VisitScotland, will speak, and we will have a slide presentation on coastal wildlife and scenery by renowned Caithness photographer Ken Crossan. All are welcome. Coastal walk beforehand at 1:30. All taking place at the beautiful Thrumster House just south of Wick. Please RSVP if possible, but not required.

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