Forsinard Lookout Tower

ICOSIS Architects

The tower was commissioned to provide visitors to Sutherland elevated views across the Dubh Lochan peat bogs pools and the Flows landscape beyond, and to assist with introducing the concepts of conserving peatland habitats to mitigate climate change. The structure also provides a destination for star gazing given its location within an area of Dark Skies.

In order to minimise disruption to the peat, the tower is built off slender hollow piles driven to a solid base around 4m below the surface of the peat bog. High quality, robust and durable materials were used throughout: including untreated Scottish Larch supplied by the Forestry Commission and used as hit & miss battens to clad the timber and steel structure, both inside & out; locally-sourced Caithness stone for the ground floor and non-slip Scottish Larch boarding for the upper viewing deck. All the main materials were delivered to site using a helicopter to minimise the impact of large machines on the bog surface.


RSPB Forsinard Flows Reserve
United Kingdom


Caroline Eccles
RSPB - Project Manager


The Peatlands Partnership - which includes The RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Forestry Commission (Scotland) and Highland Council .




40 square metres