A landscape shaped by water and ice | The Flow Country

A landscape shaped by water and ice

Be amazed | The Flow Country

Be amazed

The more you look, the more you see | The Flow Country

The more you look, the more you see

23 May 2017

Welcome to The Flow Country – one of the world’s last wild places, in the far north of Scotland. This vast expanse of blanket bog is a vital defence against the effects of climate change.

From above the land is a mottled pattern of peat and pools, their colours shifting like an opal. But look a little closer and you’ll find a world of amazing plants, rare birds, and a place to be inspired by peace and space.

Get to know the Flow Country for real

About the Flow Country

Peatlands are for people as well as wildlife. It’s hard to grow crops on the wet bog itself, but in the wide, shallow valleys that cut through it – called straths in Scotland – people have lived and farmed for thousands of years.


Today, The Flow Country is being managed to encourage community and economic development, as well as to benefit the peatland environment. You’ll find thriving communities along the straths and around the edges of the rolling moorland, and fascinating stories of how people live and work alongside the peat bog.

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The Flows Futureshapers 2017

Young people from Sutherland and Caithness aged 16 and 17 can take part in an innovative week-long residential programme. The week is all about gaining skills in team work and leadership, through fun activities and expert-led workshops. During the week, the young people will plan for an event in their local community.
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Fantastic Artists Fall for the Flows

The Flow Country's Artists in Residence have been loving the opportunity to soak up the inspiration.
Read on to find out what they have to say about The Flow Country.
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Photo Competition

We’d love to see what you make of the Flows. Our photo competition is a chance to showcase your memories and impressions – and inspire others with your pictures!

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