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RSPB Troup Head Nature Reserve

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highlight of my holiday, 15.000 gannets

this rspb takes a bit of a drive and walk. small car park, you need to cross a field, climb a hill... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands
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Watch Gannets on their flypast!

This is worth the 15 minute walk from the RSPB car park to the cliff top, but watch for the steep... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Aberdeen, 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...more
Macduff, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

this rspb takes a bit of a drive and walk. small car park, you need to cross a field, climb a hill towards the coastline and find your way along the path. really worth your while. there were still fluffy chicks and almost full grown...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 242corab
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is worth the 15 minute walk from the RSPB car park to the cliff top, but watch for the steep drop below the cliff! If you go in spring, you'll see several species of seabird. This is the UK's largest mainland colony of Gannets....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We travelled through many villages and past vast expanses of farmland to get to this place. The walk from the carpark with the sun and see breeze was simply stunning. You can hear and smell the birds as you get closer to the cliffs. Watching...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jslf29
Reviewed 8 July 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Bean-astair
Reviewed 17 June 2018

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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Fluffity
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

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank JWBruce
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

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank aussie_travellers_90
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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Judith S
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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank PauloB7
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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Ally C
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4 August 2016|
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