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Marwick Head Nature Reserve

Marwick Head Nature Reserve Review

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds tends the remote Marwick Head Nature Reserve, where in spring and summer the cliffs are draped in wildflowers like campion and thrift, and resound with thousands of nesting seabirds like cormorants, kittiwakes, and guillemots. The Kitchener Memorial, recalling the 1916 sinking of the cruiser HMS Hampshire with Lord Kitchener aboard, sits atop a cliff. Access to the reserve, which is unstaffed, is along a path north from Marwick Bay.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off B9056, 4 mi south of Birsay Birsay, KW16 3AA
  • Phone: 01856/850176
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 24 hrs
  • Website:
  • Location: Birsay
Updated: 10-09-2013

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