Continue north, taking the signposted road for Handa Island. This nature reserve is noted for its seabird colonies which include nesting skuas and divers. The A838 reaches the north coast at the Kyle of Durness where you can hop on a minibus trip and travel west to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, the most north westerly tip of mainland Britain and a Special Site of Scientific Interest. An outstanding area for birdlife throughout the year, Cape Wrath is home to a variety of Arctic and Alpine plants. The area is particularity important for large populations of migratory species that visit either during the breeding season or over winter. Walk from Balnakeil Bay to see puffins at Faraid Head.
Inland lies the Flow Country, a unique habitat of peaty moorland interlaced with small lochans. These make the perfect habitat for short-eared owls and hen harriers. The Flow Country is a large, rolling expanse of peatland and wetland, and the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe, covering about 4,000 sq km. Experience this unique landscape at Forsinard Nature Reserve, just off the A897, where the visitor centre provides a good introduction to the reserve with CCTV cameras guaranteeing close-up views of wildlife. A mile-long trail allows access out among the bog pools.