Fodor's Expert Review Handa Island
Just off the coast of Scourie is Handa Island, a bird sanctuary that shelters huge seabird colonies, especially impressive at nesting time. You can gaze at more than 200,000 birds nesting on dramatic cliffs here, including guillemots, razorbills, great skuas, kittiwakes, and, of course, crowd-pleasingly colorful puffins. Sturdy boots, a waterproof jacket, and a degree of fitness are needed to walk the path around the island. This remarkable reserve, administered by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is open only in spring and summer, and can be reached by a small open boat from Tarbert; contact the Assynt Visitor Centre in Lochinver for details. Note that ferries don't run on Sunday.