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
The most northerly point in mainland Britain, RSPB Scotland Dunnet Head nature reserve has stunning sea cliffs and coastal grassland.
These are home to puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags and cormorants, and and we are undertaking annual seabird monitoring work as part of national surveys to contribute to our knowledge of how seabirds are doing. Above the cliffs are some very diverse coastal heathland and grassland habitats with special plants such as spring squill, thrift and roseroot.
Of strategic importance during World War II, Dunnet Head has a number of old military buildings still standing on site. We ask that you take care when visiting this site, keeping dogs and children under close supervision.
Visitor facilities are limited at the site at present with a cliff top path, car park and interpretation information.
Open at all times.
None, but donations are welcomed. Or, why not join the RSPB? It's a great way to help us continue our conservation work.
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 livestock graze on this site. They are doing an important job, creating the ideal conditions for rare and threatened wildlife.