COVID-19 update: Trails are open but hides currently closed. Please note that this nature reserve can only be accessed via local ferry operators from mainland Orkney. 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. Thank you. #RespectProtectEnjoy #ScottishOutdoorAccessCode #CheckBeforeYouGo
Welcome to North Hill nature reserve. Situated on the island of Papa Westray, North Hill may seem remote but it's a very exciting place to come and visit.
The reserve is home to an extremely rare plant, the Scottish primrose, while stunning low level cliffs play host to guillemots, razorbills and puffins, and Arctic skuas nest on the maritime heath.
Open at all times.
Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.
Information for families
There are Wildlife Explorer backpacks for children available free from the Warden at Rose Cottage. These contain bug jars, binoculars and guide books to help children get the most out of their visit.
For further information on accessibility please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-north-hill
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.