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Handa Island Wildlife Reserve

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Stunning views, a nice walk, not necessarily puffins

Take the small boat from Tarbet. It starts around 0900 and takes 12-15 persons a time out to the... read more

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abrunvoll
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Oslo, Norway
Worth a visit

Really interesting trip.Short boat ride to the island.Lots of bird sightings including puffins... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LizBasil
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Fort William, 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 Skua amongst other seabirds also nest. The island is also superb for botany and for spotting whales, dolphins, seals and the occasional otter. The scenery and geology is also fantastic.The reserve is owned by the Scourie Estate, and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. There are few facilities on the island, just a small visitor shelter, composting toilet and shop. The reserve is reached by a ferry boat from Tarbet, near Scourie, and runs from April to September (Phone to check dates). The ferry runs on demand Monday - Saturday from 9.00am, with the last boat out to the island at 2pm. Returns available all day with the last one being at 5pm. Ferry charges £12.50 for adults, £5 for children (ages 5-14), under 5's are free. Please note, the ferry does not run on Sunday or in severe weather.
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Reviewed today

Take the small boat from Tarbet. It starts around 0900 and takes 12-15 persons a time out to the Handa Island. Final return trip is around 1400 hours, depending on the tide. The island is well regulated, you have to follow the pre-arranged trail, which...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Really interesting trip.Short boat ride to the island.Lots of bird sightings including puffins. Wonderful views. You can walk right round the island.

Thank LizBasil
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely birding experience a Handa Island. Our highlight was seeing the Puffins. This visit requires a lot of walking. Also the Ferry to get across to the island only take cash. There is a Seafood restaurant right by the Ferry, so after...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

If you like wildlife and a bit of walking/hiking, then don't miss Handa island. A small boat is transporting groups of about 15 people from the small "habor" in Tarbet to Handa island. Please note that the last boat towards the island starts at 2:00...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

As we were in the vicinity of Handa Island we decided to pick the best weather day and make a visit to see the wildlife. Interesting trip across to the island on a small boat with 14 of us in our life jackets and a...More

Thank Heather D
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

This was well worth the 2.5 hour drive each way. Not only did we see some amazing scenery en route but had the privilege of viewing some amazing birds on our walk around the Island. Allow plenty of time and take a picnic. The volunteers...More

Thank ErgoV
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

As a cautious sea traveller I had some trepidation about the journey from Tarbet to Handa on a small(ish) boat but the trip was fairly smooth and lasted around 5-7 minutes. Would advise arrive early for Ferry as it can only accommodate 10 travellers at...More

1  Thank Margaret M
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

They say third time's a charm and it was for us. This was our third trip to try to get the ferry to then island which only runs in decent weather and on the other two trips, and the other day on this year's trip...More

1  Thank Yellodog117
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Amazing experience take camera and binos...and drink and snack wellorganised ferry then up to 6km walk a little steep in places . Sights of birds esp Puffins and nesting sites is a real treat . A real and working nature reserve. But leave plenty of...More

Thank ianjw2017
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

What an adventure! Taking the ferry from Tarbert across the sea to Handa was a delight. Met on the shore by Handa Island volunteers who took us on the short walk to the information room. Here we received a down to earth brief about sticking...More

1  Thank davinasully
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Mdooley71
6 June 2016|
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Response from HandaRanger | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your message. For passenger safety and comfort, dogs are not allowed on the ferry which is the only access to the island.
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