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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