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Handa Island Wildlife Reserve

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Nature at its best!!

As a part of our NC500 trip we decided to visit Handa island. The trip it self is a small adventure... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Almere, The Netherlands
Super seabirds

Well worth a visit.Travel to the island is by pedestrian ferry from the village of Tarbet which is... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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Handa Island is one of the most important seabird colonies in northern Europe. Home to over 100,000 seabirds in the summer, including internationally important populations of Guillemot, Razorbill and Great Skua. Small numbers of Puffin and Arctic...more
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

As a part of our NC500 trip we decided to visit Handa island. The trip it self is a small adventure as you are being transported in a RIB wich lands on one of the beaches depending on the tide. As for the island, that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Huurman1968
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Well worth a visit.Travel to the island is by pedestrian ferry from the village of Tarbet which is accessed by a 3 mile windy steep narrow single track road.Parking is at the end of the road.There is a toilet block there but Highland Council are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank traveldoc65
Reviewed 23 July 2018

An amazing Island. Truly Breathtaking! When you arrive you go to a small hut where you purchase your ticket. It's first come first served and the boat numbers are limited however they are regular and the staff are helpful and accomodating. If you have to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank kirstincullum
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

We had a great visit to Handa Island, saw tens of thousands of seabirds including Puffins. The walk round the island is very well maintained and strikes the right balance between giving visitors exceptional views of nesting birds whilst giving the birds the space they...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank SJP1959
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Catch the boat at the wee hut at the pier. 10 minutes to Handa, where the volunteers meet and greet and give you a quick talk. The walk round the island is lovely, lots to see, mainly birds and plants, also seals, with spectacular cliffs...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ali M
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Spent 5hrs here and loved every minute. Guides great...best advice, go early, be patient, puffin bay/grey stack...sit and wait. I did and look what we got...

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nan S
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Signpost from main NC500 road is clear but after that use a map and either route is narrow but worth it. Crossings are "every 45 mins or when we have a boatload" which is about 12 people. Same for the return. It is £15 a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Philip M
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Great trip to Handa. Good staff, lovely volunteers at Handa and a really nice experience to walk around the island. We saw loads of birds including puffins and it was a glorious day!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 400emr
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

A rigid inflatable takes you over to the island. A quick briefing by the staff and you are free for the day. Amazing views of Arctic Skuas and Bonxies. Plus Puffins, rock doves, guillemots both common and black, razor bills fulmars etc etc plus a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank birdwatcherpg
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Handa is an amazing amazing island with a fantastic array of wildlife including seabirds such as Great Skua and Puffin. We walked around the whole of the island using the well boarded path. The wardens on the island were helpful and friendly and clearly loved...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Skyferret
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20 October 2018|
Response from traveldoc65 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely no drones . See my review from July 30 .Last boat is 2 o’clock, first come first served. It is advised to allow3 hours to do a circuit of the island.Last boat back was 4.45. The frequency of boats depends on... More
30 July 2018|
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Response from HandaRanger | Property representative |
Hello, the last day of the season for 2018 is Saturday 8th September, so apologies the ferry won't be running after then. Kind regards, Handa Ranger