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The Flow Country Exhibition Tour

  • Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Date: 15 Jun '17 - 25 Sep '17
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Price: No booking required
  • Showing Notes: John Hope Gateway Building
  • Venue Address:
    20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

  • Child Friendly

Event Details

A major exhibition opens this week (June 15) at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh focussing on the Flow Country, one of Europe’s last wild places.


The Flow Country is a vast open landscape in the far north of Scotland, dominated by blanket bog, a rare type of peatland. It is the biggest blanket bog in Europe.


Not only is the area important for all sorts of specialist wildlife, but the bog also acts as a massive carbon store, trapping carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.


As well as stunning imagery, the exhibition includes a film, artefacts and hands-on children’s activities. There is also a virtual reality landscape model that allows you to fly over the bog as well as taking a virtual walk through the pools and unusual plants.

The exhibition is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Flows to the Future project, which is restoring seven square miles of blanket bog habitat by removing forestry  and blocking drains on RSPB Scotland’s Forsinard Flows  Nature Reserve. 


The project is also connecting people with this precious and important habitat. The Flows Lookout, an award winning viewing tower, has been constructed to allow visitors to view the characteristic landscape from above, and new exhibitions are now in place in Forsinard, Thurso and Strathnaver.

Flow Country (credit Neil Cowie RSPB)
Flow Country (credit Neil Cowie RSPB) Flow Country (credit Neil Cowie RSPB)