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Hermaness Natural Nature Reserve

Unst, Shteland

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Hermaness, became a National Nature Reserve in 1955 and is on the island of Unst, is the most northerly of the Shetland islands.

The colony of at least 50,000+ Puffins (Shetland name: Tammie Norie) is scattered over several miles of boulder screes and heavily grazed steep slopes along the west cliffs of the reserve. This is one of the easiest colonies to walk to and they are so tame that the careful visitor can get within a few inches of them, and is quite spectacular.

SNH have a visitor centre in the old Muckle Flugga Shore Station (lighthouse) at Burrafirth and they employ a seasonal warden for the reserve.

Best time to visit Mid May to mid July (fog is frequent in early summer).

Visitor Facilities: Visitor centre at old lighthouse shore station, with summer warden. Leaflet available. The recommended walking route (3-4 hours) is over moderate ground.

Location: Herma Ness, Unst, Shetland

Grid Reference: HP606143 Ceremonial County: Shetland Isles

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Getting there: Hermaness lies 3 miles from Haroldswick on Unst the B9086 road leads to the car park.

Website: Scottish National Nature Reserve - Hermaness
Other Useful Websites: www.unst.org



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Opening Times: All year


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Notes: Go prepared for changeable weather and rough terrain. Wear walking boots or stout shoes and always take warm clothing even if the sun is shining.




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