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Handa Island Wildlife Reserve

  • Scourie
  • Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Attraction Information

Handa Island is a rugged nature reserve, set one mile off the North West coast of Scotland, famous for its stunning scenery, wildlife, sea cliffs and lovely beaches.

Handa combines all of this with over 100,000 seabirds on 150 metre high cliffs looking out to sea.

The footpath around Handa is circular and if done in its entirety about 4 miles or 6 km, which, with children, usually takes around 3 hours to complete, though many families arrive on the first boat and leave on the last if the weather is good!

On calm summer days it is possible to see over 50 species of bird with seals, flowers, insects and possibly a whale, dolphin or otter if you are lucky.

There are also 2 beautiful beaches to relax and play on.

Difficult landing from small boat onto jetty, with 4 mile path with steep sections making Handa very difficult for those with severe mobility restrictions. No wheelchair provisions at all.

Opening hours

April  to Julyfor breeding seabirds

Mid-May to July for puffins

Please contact with Handa Island Wildlife.


Adults: £12.50

Kids: £5.00

Travel & Contact Information


Handa Island by Tarbet, Scourie, The Highlands, IV27 4TB, Scotland

Phone number

07780 967 800



Click here to visit Handa Island Wildlife Reserve's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets.

No facilities at all. Ladies and Gents Toilets at ferry point at Tarbet, with no disabled or baby changing facilities.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Handa Island Wildlife Reserve has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Handa Island has no facilities itself, but a seafood restaurant at Tarbet (where the ferry boat departs from) sells meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice cream.

No, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Handa Island Wildlife Reserve has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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