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There's nowhere quite like Papa Westray. Studded with delicate wildflowers, North Hill is perhaps Orkney's finest area of maritime heath. The reserve is home to an extremely rare plant, the Scottish Primrose, while stunning low-level cliffs play host to nationally important numbers of breeding Arctic Terns and Skuas.

The low-lying cliffs along the reserve's east coast hold a small, but densely packed colony of Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags and Kittiwakes. Look out for Puffins and Black Guillemots around the coast.

Visit between May and July to look closely for the tiny precious purple blooms of Scottish Primrose. These rare flowers are found in just a few locations in Orkney and North Scotland.

Join us for a guided walk during the summer to find out the reserves hidden secrets and wildlife hotspots. Or, explore this wild landscape on your own steam – there are two nature trails around the reserve, offering spectacular sea views and heathland life. 

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