A feast for the senses
Overlooking Muckle Flugga – Britain’s most northerly point – Hermaness National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a dramatic cliff-top haven for thousands of seabirds. Birds that breed here include fulmars, gulls, shags, gannets, puffins and kittiwakes.
During the summer months, the moorland becomes a carpet of colour.You’ll find heather, crowberry, bog bilberry and mosses on the moor. In the coastal grasslands spring squill comes into bloom followed by the arrival of flowering sea pinks (thrift).
Great skuas – or ‘bonxies’ as they are known locally – soar overhead. Although most of the seabirds are gone by autumn, gannets are still around, and grey seals are often seen reclining on the rocky shore.
Whether you come to watch the birds or simply to enjoy the sensation of being at the edge of the world, you’ll find a stunning landscape. It’s an hour’s walk across moorland to reach the seabird cliffs. Allow 3 to 4 hours to explore the whole reserve.
Find out more about visiting Hermaness NNR.
• Watch gannets dive spectacularly into the sea.
• Follow the trail to find breathtaking cliff-top views.
• See puffins coming in to land before diving into their nest burrows.
Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.
Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.
Reserve manager: Juan Brown
Scottish Natural Heritage
Telephone: 01595 693345
Find out more
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Our visitor centre is rated Silver under the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).
Hermaness NNR is a member of VisitScotland.
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