Hermaness National Nature Reserve

Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Unst: Address, Phone Number, Hermaness National Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Hermaness National Nature Reserve

Hermaness National Nature Reserve
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Jane G
Cambridge, UK64 contributions
Great for the Puffins
Jul 2021
A fairly long and at times very hilly walk (when going along the cliffs). It was a pretty misty day, so you couldn't really see the nesting gannets but the puffins obliged and are amazing. Shame we couldn't see much of the spectacular views. Getting there involved two ferry trips - main island to Yell and then to Unst, both smooth and efficient.
Written 1 August 2021
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cujimeScotland
Hawick, UK570 contributions
You must visit
Jun 2021 • Friends
This was the highlight of our trip to Shetland. The wildlife up here is fabulous and the scenery is second to none. Skua's, puffins, curlews, wheatears, Gannets, Great black backed gulls, and lot's more. Its a good walk from the car park to the most northern point of the UK. Oh and its windy as you would expect Highly recommend.
Written 27 June 2021
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Annie M
Brighton and Hove, UK305 contributions
No trip to the Shetlands would be complete without Muckle Flugga
Jun 2021
Just magical. The walk to the cliffs is made easier by the well put together boardwalk which also helps to keep walkers away from nesting birds in the area. Once you reach the cliffs the walk across the cliffs to Muckle Flugga is a bit more challenging but it is all on grass and should not be missed. The views of the birds nesting and the noise from the gannets was a real experience. We were lucky to have sunshine but this area can get shrouded in mist.
Written 14 June 2021
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Simonc1
essex130 contributions
Unmissable part of a visit to Unst
Jun 2021
Great walk from the parking area to the cliff-top and onwards to see Muckle Flugga. Terrific views on the right day, but if it's wet and windy expect the rain to come sideways. The boarded walkway is good, but once you get to the cliff edge you will need good footwear. Apparently a new visitors' centre and toilets are due to open by March 2022.
Written 10 June 2021
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D38lawn
Stoke-on-Trent, UK441 contributions
Splish splashing to the cliffs.
Sep 2020
Despite the rain and wind, we still enjoyed the walk from the car park to the coast, around 2 miles. There is a box next to the first gate with info on the area. You can walk along the coast and see the Muckle Flugga lighthouse. Good luck everyone!
Written 19 September 2020
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NorwichTim1969
Norwich, UK53 contributions
Fantastic
Oct 2019 • Couples
What a place! Boardwalk to walk along very accessible.
Loved it here. No charge to park about 2 miles to cliffs.
Written 6 October 2019
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VacationRoaming
Bedford, MA48 contributions
Worth the effort to get there
Aug 2019
Just getting to Hermaness is a bit of adventure--from Shetland mainland you take two ferries, with a dash across Yell if you want to catch the very next ferry on to Unst. From the nature reserve parking area you walk across upland moors, much of the way on a well-constructed board walk. Once you reach the shoreline, the walk along the cliffs is stunning. Sheep will go where humans have no business being, so use caution in choosing amongst well-worn paths. The ground underfoot is generally grassy, and not overly rugged, but you will want solid shoes with reliable tread nevertheless. Be sure to bring a camera.

When we visited (August 2019) the reserve visitor center was closed (and apparently had been all year), so there were no restroom facilities available on the reserve. Plan ahead accordingly.
Written 5 October 2019
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Jenny R N
High Wycombe, UK102 contributions
Quite a trek but worth it - even if most of the birds have flown
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is quite a trek, up hill (mainly - on the way) and down dale (thankfully on the way back) but it is worth it. Don’t be fooled by the pathway to follow - you’ll still need your walking boots as it’s quite boggy in places and when you’re near the end the pathway finishes completely leaving you to negotiate a right boggy mess!
It is beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. We were fortunate to be able to sit on a peat cliff so we sat there for a good hour in the Autumn sunshine. I’m sure it gets very busy in the spring and summer so I’m not sure if I’d like it as much but it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours this week. The visitor centre is closed in 2019 (as is the refreshment place) but there is a local vintage tea shop called Victoria’s which offers light lunches, tea, great coffee and fabulous cakes not to mention decent loos. If you’re in the area you won’t regret popping in there after your walk!
Written 7 September 2019
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Chrissy B
Cirencester, UK25 contributions
Wonderful Cliff Top Walk
Aug 2019
Good walking conditions helped by a board walk over the bits that are boggy. Great Views and wonderful scenery. Gannet Colony amazing and well worth a visit. Will be returning to go further.
Written 16 August 2019
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MicrobeGirl
Washington DC, DC54 contributions
Uphill both ways, but worth it
Aug 2019
We were fortunate enough to visit during both the great skua and gannet nesting season. The Reserve has done a great job of installing and maintaining a boardwalk through the boggiest bits, which also keeps you away from the ground nests while letting you close enough to see the skuas nesting.
Then you get to the cliffs. The gannets cover the rocks just offshore, nesting in gannet cities, undisturbed by anything except a few of the braver sheep.
You are pretty much at the edge of the world. The views are indescribable. I took photos but they don't do it justice. We inherited a ridiculously beautiful world.
I am relatively fit but heading back up the big hill was daunting. I envied the people who came prepared with walking sticks. The sheep laughed at me. After that it is a smooth walk back to the car park.
The visitor center closed in 2019. No idea why, and no indication of it will reopen. The walk is well posted, however, so it wasn't really needed.
Written 13 August 2019
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