Dunnet Forest Nature Reserve

Managed as a community woodland, Dunnet Forest attracts more than 45,000 visitors each and every year.

It’s rare to find woodland in north Caithness that’s accessible to the public. So Dunnet Forest, which is open to all, is hugely popular. Locals and tourists alike use the reserve as an educational resource and a place for recreation.

Dunnet Forest is a planted forest and part of Dunnet Links Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is just inland from Dunnet Bay’s beautiful sands – also well worth a visit.

NatureScot owns the reserve, while Dunnet Forestry Trust manages the forest as a community woodland.

Best time to visit

Any time of year.


A car park and a network of marked trails, with information panels.

Nearby, in Dunnet Bay, is the Seadrift-Dunnet Visitor Centre, which is run by the Highland Council.


Dunnet Forest Nature Reserve
National Grid reference: ND 222 700

Getting there

Dunnet Forest lies south of the village of Dunnet, just off the A836 Thurso to John O’Groats road.


The Links
Golspie Business Park
KW10 6UB

Telephone: 01738 771 100

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