We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“UK's northernmost Nature Reserve”

Hermaness National Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Unst
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
174 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“UK's northernmost Nature Reserve”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Huge seabird colonies of Gannets, Puffins, Fulmars, Razorbills etc. Access to the cliffs is through a boardwalk across nesting areas of the Great Skuas. The boardwalk makes walking the distance much easier, and the views all around you are fabulous. If you are brave enough to cling on the edges of the cliffs you will be rewarded with great lookouts and very close up views of thousands of gannets. Near the puffin colonies, all you have to do is sit quietly and be amazed as these birds come closer and closer to you in their curiosity.

Try to pick a dry day to visit, as the site is totally exposed to the elements and it is a long walk with nowhere to rest or hide. The visitor centre is a good place near the car park to look at the map and the warden's notes, but there are no facilities for refreshments anywhere nearby so bring your own munchies and tea.

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank worldtravelplus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

102 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    77
    21
    2
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Tain, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
324 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“What an amazing place.”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited Hermaness NNR during our recent visit to Shetland. Excellent information Centre and leaflet. Good sightings information board. Toilets available, spotless. The walk across Hermaness is a must. As a keen birder I was amazed at the number of Bonxies (Great Skua), and how close one can get to them. Just an amazing experience, a true wilderness. Not to be missed. highly Recommended.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank Highland-Birder
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Scotland, U.K.
Level Contributor
63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Outstanding Seascape”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Worth the 60 mile trip from Lerwick, two ferries and a 4k trek across the moor on a boardwalk to reach the atlantic cliffs and fabulous bird life. The walk from the car park took 45 minutes (67 year olds). Take a short stick as the great arctic skua nest on the moor and are protective of their nesting sites and are fearsome looking birds -- they swoop and rarely attack!

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank saintmirren
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Malvern, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Hermaness was enhanced by it being a lovely day, but an amazing experience to walk out through all the Bonxie nests to the sea cliffs, to see the gannets, puffins at close quarters and to look out to Muckle Flugga. It,s quite a long walk but we liked that. A tea room would be nice.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank 57russett
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
“Muckle Grand”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Very informative warden whose enthusiasm was infectious. She listened to our experiences with interest. If you can manage the walk continue to the most northerly tip overlooking the Muckle Flugga and see the large colony of gannets. Mind the bonxies...!

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank Sydney S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Hermaness National Nature Reserve also viewed

Shetland Islands, Scotland
 
Unst, Shetland Islands
 

Been to Hermaness National Nature Reserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing