Hermaness National Nature ReserveShetland Isles, The Highlands
Hermaness National Nature Reserve
Hermaness is home to the third largest colony of flying pirates in the world: the bonxies or great skuas.
During summer some 25,000 pairs of puffins breed in burrows on the cliff edges while on the moor live rare and elegant red-throated divers.
A new visitor hub and toilets have recently been built at the car park adjacent to the Reserve entrance. Almost 2km of boardwalk has been laid on the reserve to protect some of the fragile peatland from erosion and is routed to avoid disturbance to nesting birds.
We've not recommended it for young children because it's isolated and the weather is very changeable here, with storms or high winds sweeping in very swiftly. They advise you to always take waterproofs, regardless of the weather.
PS... Please keep dogs on a lead to avoid disturbing nesting birds and livestock.
Daylight access year round. Very exposed so don't go in bad weather.
Pricing & Tickets
No entry fee. Local parking may charge.
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