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Marwick Head (RSPB)

North of Stromness

In spring and summer the red sandstone cliffs of Marwick Head are thronged with nesting seabirds. The third largest sea bird colony on Orkney, it is a great spot to watch the many thousands of guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars. A few puffins can also be seen – if you look carefully. Arctic and great skuas harry the seabirds throughout the summer. The cliff top has spectacular displays of sea campion, thrift, and spring squill. There is a massive monument which commemorates Lord Kitchener, Minister of War. He was drowned when HMS Hampshire was lost near here with almost all of her crew on 6 June 1916.

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Marwick Head (RSPB)

North of Stromness
Phone: 01856 850176
Marwick Head (RSPB)


About 11 miles (17.6 km) north of Stromness

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