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Flows to the Future

LocationCaithness & Sutherland, in the far north of Scotland

ClientThe Peatland Partnership


An ambitious project to improve the condition of peatland habitats, increase public awareness and access to the majestic peatland landscapes of the north of Scotland, Flows to the Future proposed a number of viewpoints from which visitors can gain an appreciation of the beauty, scale and unique character of the Flow Country. This is our largest peatland and store of a vast amount of carbon; it is currently under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage Site for its internationally significant ecological and biological processes and biological diversity. Its continued health is a vital part of our resilience in the face of climate change, as well as being critical to the specialist species of wildlife that make peatlands their home. Commissioned by The Peatlands Partnership, we created 5 viewpoints and access for visitors to the 'Flow Country’ of Caithness and Sutherland. The key aim of the project is to create a greater appreciation for one of Britain’s most important natural assets for habitats, conservation and carbon storage.

Designed to avoid disruptive site works in this sensitive habitat, the weathering steel viewpoints are an expression of the form of the dubh lochans, those dark pools that swarm over the surface of the peat. We designed and managed implementation of the viewpoints and associated car parking and paths. CB Arts fabricated the steelwork and worked closely with local contractor Gow Groundworks to install the project in exceptionally remote and challenging situations. Together with a range of interpretation and exhibition material designed by Bright 3D, the viewpoints offer an invitation to pause, drink in the scenery, and give thought to the processes and organisms that created the place. With increased knowledge it is hoped will come support for sustaining the Flows into the future.

The viewpoint over the Moine Mhor

Loch Craggie seen from Cnoc Craggie viewpoint

Panoramic viewpoint of Cnoc Craggie

Sphagnum Moss engraved into the corten steel interpretation drum

Installing the Moine House viewpoint

Ben Mor Coigach rises above the peatlands seen from Moine House

Corten steel and SIOO treated larch seating

Ben Loyal seen from Moine House eastern viewpoint