Mull Head Nature Reserve, Deerness

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Hike through the high cliffs and heathland of Mull Head Nature Reserve, where layers of mud and sand formed sedimentary rock some 390 million years ago. Over time, the constant surf has carved out stacks, caves, and blowholes in this spectacular landscape. Bird-watchers should look for nesting guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, and kittiwakes on the cliffs, as well as skuas and gulls in the heath. The reserve offers trails of different length: go along the coastline to walk around the whole reserve, or take a steep path to see the remains of a Norse chapel. Stop in the visitors' center to learn more about the landscapes and attractions you can see during your hike. Put Mull Head Nature Reserve on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Deerness day trip planner.
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  • A short walk from the car park is the Gloup. Gives the wow factor and excellent for photos. Walked on from here to Mull Head. Steep cliffs so be very careful. Very muddy at bits too so wear appropriat...  more »
  • Incredible scenery with rocky cliffs, the sea and the birds. Not easy to get there but worth the trouble. The rocks can be slippery and it is steep down so you have to be careful. The views are absolutely stunning. On the way you pass the collapsed cave that is very worth seeing.
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  • Went miles into the countryside to do the gloop. The kids and my wife were amazed at it. It is a real hidden gem in Orkney. It is great to see what nature is able to achieve. Great on a sunny day. Lot...  more »
  • Orkney has a short tourist season, and most people come for the staggeringly beautiful vistas and walks. If you want to get off the beaten path, at least as far off it as you can in the busy summer months, try Mull Head. We had the good fortune of absolutely perfect weather, but I suspect it's beautiful any time. Just you and the birds!
  • From the car park near The Gloup you can do a wonderful circular walk around the head. The cliff top path takes in some awe inspiring coastal scenery. You can visit the Brough of Deerness but be warned the path onto the Brought is very narrow and exposed!
  • Ideal for larger or smaller hikes
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