Mull Head Nature Reserve, Deerness

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#3 of 7 in Parks in Mainland
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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  • Just over 7 km circular walk. From the parking lot straight ahead along a spectacular Carved deep crack. Away and followed along the cliff path. At ruin can you cliff path and down through up through narrow path with steel confirmation. Worth it. Same path back up and then follow road along cliffs. Very nice (but wet) walk. Good shoes recommended.
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  • Although this is well off the beaten track it's well worth a visit Park near the Gloup - then walk from the car park to the Gloup turn left and then continue for about a mile to the Brough of Deerness...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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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