Image above: Flow Country – near to The Glutt / © Copyright John Ashby/ Geograph

The blanket peat of northern Scotland represents one of the most extensive bogs in western Europe, covering 4000 km2. The peatlands are least developed in the areas covered by shelly till in Caithness, although the drift-free sandstone ridges may carry peat covers. The peat is most extensive on the acid rocks of southern Caithness and in neighbouring Sutherland where peat may rise to cover the hill tops. The plateau of the Knockfin Heights at around 400 m OD displays an extraordinary prospect of bog, lochan and distant hills at the heart of the Flow Country.

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