Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, Mainland

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Walk on top of the cliffs, admire the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and go birdwatching at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve. You can observe a colony of up to 25,000 seabirds on this 1.6 km (1 mi) long stretch of red sandstone cliffs, before exploring the rugged rock pools and the beach below. Come at low tide and you'll see a lagoon providing a haven for wading birds and ducks. Observe the famed puffin in its natural habitat, alongside guillemots and many other bird species. Bring warm clothes and binoculars to the nature reserve, which stays open 24 hours a day. Plan my trip to Mainland with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • Marwick head is located about 11 miles North of Stromness, off the B9056, between Skraill and Birsay. The imposing cliffs themselves are worth the trip, but from the top of the cliffs, bird watchers w...  more »
  • What a jewel! We were the only ones at the memorial on the top. The views from the cliff are stunning--although it was quite windy, so we were cautious about how close to the edge we stood. The power ...  more »
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