All of Scotland’s wild places and green spaces are vital for the survival of its unique, amazing wildlife. If you plan to head out to these areas please respect and protect Scotland’s great outdoors and leave no trace. #RespectProtectEnjoy #ScottishOutdoorAccessCode
If you enjoy the solemn grandeur of moorland landscape, the Orkney moors can be a wonderful place to visit, full of wild and windswept beauty. Come during the summer to see hen harriers, short-eared owls and elegant Arctic skuas nesting. Time spent in our Burgar Hill hide should also reward you with spectacular views of breeding red-throated divers.
The reserve is open at all times and free to access although donations help us to continue to give nature a home in Scotland.
For more information on the accessibility of this reserve please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-birsay-moors
Information for families
Wildlife Explorer backpacks are available from the Stromness office. These contain binoculars, identification guides for birds and other species, bug jars etc. to help children get the most from their visit.
Information for dog owners
This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.
Please note that livestock graze on parts of this site. They're here to do an important job, as they're helping to create the ideal conditions for rare and threatened wildlife.