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Handa Island Wildlife Reserve

Scourie, The Highlands, Scotland

Attraction Information

  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks icon Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Outdoor

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.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Handa Island Wildlife Reserve's website
07780 967 800

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

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

More Information

Eating information

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

Gift shop

Photographic leaflets, postcards, greetings cards. They also hire out binoculars and a child's rucksack containing wildlife books, magnifying glass, bug pots etc. Hire items are on a first come first served basis.


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Scourie, The Highlands, Scotland

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