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RSPB Noup Cliffs, Westray

Orkney Islands  >  United Kingdom

On the north-western tip of the island of Westray, Noup Head consists of high sandstone cliffs with some of the largest seabird colonies in Britain.

Added by Marnix Roels On 27 April 2020
Last updated 27 April 2020

Description

Reaching up to 70m in height the cliffs have numerous ledges providing nest-sites and above them is a narrow strip of grassy sward backed by an area of maritime heath which lies outside the reserve.

Details

Access

From Pierowall village, towards the north end of the island, turn west at the school, following the signs to Noup Cliffs. Turn left at the junction past Noltland Castle, following the road up the hill, eventually passing through Noup Farm. Follow the gravel road to the Noup Lighthouse where there is a car park at the reserve entrance. The gravel road to the reserve entrance should only be attempted in a 4x4 vehicle.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland , Moors/heathland , Sea

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

Spring , Summer

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer

Route

Narrow trail , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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