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RSPB Troup Head Nature Reserve

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Macduff, Scotland
+44 1346 532017
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Great birding place

I have been visiting Troup Head since the first Gannets were recorded there about 1988. It's one of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bean-astair
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Alba
Never disappoints

I live an hour’s walk from this wonderful sight so I take friends with a picnic so we can sit and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fluffity
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Crovie, United Kingdom
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Scotland's only mainland gannet colony. A wonderful, wild clifftop nature reserve with over 3,000 pairs of nesting gannets. It's also a great place for spotting whales and dolphins and in spring you'll see lots of other seabirds including the odd puffin!
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“amazing birds” (2 reviews)
“birds nesting” (2 reviews)
“working farm” (2 reviews)
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Macduff, Scotland
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+44 1346 532017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting Troup Head since the first Gannets were recorded there about 1988. It's one of my favourite places. Each time I go, I am impressed all over again with the scenery, the smell, the noise and the sight of thousands of seabirds,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live an hour’s walk from this wonderful sight so I take friends with a picnic so we can sit and marvel at gannet behaviour. Other seabirds, kittywakes, fulmars and guillemots too. Puffins are a special treat when they’re there.

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

The road in by car involves going through two farm yards and negotiating a stretch of rough track. You then have to enter a field to get to the reserve. On a summer day, there are splendid views of the coastline, but in winter conditions...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

There are two options to walk to see the gannets. The blue path is relatively flat and the red path goes up a hill but offers a chance to also see puffins in season. This attraction is not wheelchair friendly as you have to walk...More

1  Thank aussie_travellers_90
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

The size, noise and smell of this huge colony of gannets is impressive and well worth the short walk from the car park. The birds are very close so binoculars aren't necessary but will help you zoom in on their interesting antics. On a clear...More

Thank Judith S
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Follow the sign off the Gardenstown - Pennan road, through a farm, to a small car park. Then follow the RSPB sign-posted paths to the cliff tops for stunning views of gannets on the ground, on the cliffs or on the wing.. Sensible footwear and...More

Thank PauloB7
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

There are two paths you can take to the cliff head which are both signposted. We took the slightly shorter one. (Would advise suitable footwear as you need to negotiate the edge of a barley field which is very uneven underfoot). Keep an eye out...More

Thank Ally C
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

Enormous number of birds who are not shy. Very peaceful to watch and wonder at their flights of fancy around the cliffs. Well worth the trip and the lane to get there. Parking is a bit limited and look out for the RSPB signs to...More

Thank maraalfa
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Good walk, maybe ten minutes to the cliff edges. Lots of gannets and fulmars and guillemots. I missed the puffins but there was one cliff edge I didn't go too close to so I think that was where they were. Definitely coming back here and...More

Thank Nette_11
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our ascent to the cliff tops but wouldn't have wanted to do it with children nor if we weren't in good fitness. Look closely to follow the signs to the car park, it's quite a distance from the main road and sings...More

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KristyandJames
4 August 2016|
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Response from RSPB_NEScotland | Property representative |
Hi, Sorry for the delay - we've been having a few issues replying to questions. The two closest are Wester Bonnyton, AB45 3EP (about 7 miles away - web is westerbonnyton . co . uk) and Turriff Caravan Park, AB53 4ER (15... More
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