NatureScot's Noss National Nature Reserve (NNR) will be closed to public landings from 1 July to help protect vulnerable seabird populations from avian influenza.
The measure is the latest in response to growing concern over the spread and impact of the current H5N1 strain of avian flu, particularly in seabird colonies.
We will be keeping the situation under regular review over the coming weeks.
News release: Island nature reserves close to protect seabirds.
The Noss ferry normally runs between the beginning of May and the end of August, except Mondays and Thursdays, and when the sea is too rough. Please call the Noss Ferry Line on 0800 107 7818 for up-to-date information before travelling.
Ferry fare is £5 return adults, £3 children / students, under 5s free.
A seabird skyscraper
The towering 180-metre sea cliffs of Noss are dramatic. In summer especially, gannets, guillemots and fulmars seem to occupy every available nook on the cliffs. Marauding great skuas – or bonxies, as they’re known locally – nest further inland.
The thrilling 3-minute trip out to Noss in a small inflatable boat is a highlight in itself, as you speed across the waves. The ferry service is run by NatureScot. From landing it’s just a short walk to the visitor centre.
- Get the full multisensory experience, with all the sights, sounds and smells of a seabird high-rise city.
- Wander the coastal path to learn about the history of the island.
- Watch out for whales and porpoises.
Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.
Reserve manager: Juan Brown
Telephone: 07787 864144
Email: [email protected]
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Our visitor centre is rated Gold under the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).
Noss NNR is a member of VisitScotland.
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