This spectacular island just off the Sutherland coast has one of the largest seabird colonies in north-west Europe. The place comes alive each summer as some 200,000 seabirds gather here to breed. You’ll see guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and small numbers of puffins on the cliffs. Arctic and great skuas nest on the moor, some very close to the trail. From the cliff top look out to sea, where dolphins, porpoises and minke whales are often seen.
On the eastward side of the island, you’ll notice the ruins of several houses. In the early 1800s around 60 people lived here. In 1847, after the potato blight wiped out their main crop, they all emigrated to Nova Scotia.
Summer warden, basic visitors/reception centre. Circular trail 3.5 miles. No ferries on a Sunday. Please call for details.
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (SWT)
Phone: 07920 468 572 (no ferry enquiries) / 07780967800 or 07775625890 (ferry enquiries)