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“Incredible place!”

Hermaness National Nature Reserve
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Unst
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We had heard good things about Hermaness but as we're not great walkers or nature-spotters we were expecting no more than a pleasant walk with nice views. The place turned out to be quite awe-inspiring, and a genuine highlight of our holiday. The cliffs are spectacular, and it's great to sit and watch the gannets dive. We were even lucky enough to see a minke whale surface not far offshore.

1  Thank David G
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Gannets, puffins & skuas in abundance. Remote and wild and no unnecessary frills. The visitor centre is also well worth a visit - informative and well designed.

2  Thank JJ M
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We visited on Monday to take part in the Scottish Natural heritage SNH tour at 1pm which runs every 2 weeks. Ester, the guide was marvellous - she was well informed on the bird and plant life. The reserve has a good path to the cliff sat which the bird life is amazing. Many Skua, pipits along the walkway with puffins, gannets abundant near the cliffs. The views are amazing and it's great to see the wildlife in this habitat. Well worth the trip from the mainland if you enjoy the bird life, plus even better if you can join the fortnightly tour.

2  Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

My wife and I [both over 60] went on a grey, damp day and trudged across the peaty moorland under overcast skies - but the views across to the nesting birds on Muckle Flugga were amazing and definitely worth the effort.

1  Thank Roger F
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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.

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