Hermaness NNR, Unst, Shetland. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Hermaness National Nature Reserve. NOT BUSY.

We are doing our best to get back to normal but it will take some time to re-open all our facilities safely. Our car parks are open but our toilets and visitor centres remain closed; please plan your visit with this in mind.

We ask that you continue to follow Scottish Government and NHS guidelines and help protect yourself, your family and your local community:

  • Maintain hand hygiene
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines

While you are out and about, please take extra care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Thank you for your patience and support; we look forward to welcoming you back safely.

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.

Top attractions

• 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.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.


Reserve manager: Juan Brown

Scottish Natural Heritage
Ground Floor
Stewart Building
ZE01 0LL

Telephone: 01463 667600
Email: [email protected]

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

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Follow SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.

Hermaness NNR is a member of VisitScotland.

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