COVID-19 update: Trails are open. Please note this reserve can only be accessed via local ferry operators from mainland Orkney so please check before you travel. 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 Noup Cliffs nature reserve. Reaching over 76 metres above the sea, these dramatic cliffs house Orkney's largest seabird colony. Once seen, it's never forgotten!
Walk along the cliff path in the summer and you'll see an array of wildflowers, while below you on the cliffs, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills will be nesting. You might even see a puffin, and porpoises and orca are occasionally spotted too. Take care on the paths.
Open at all times. Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.
For further accessibility information please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-noup-cliffs
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) and in areas with cattle we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.