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About Noup Cliffs

Razorbills perched on rocks at the RSPB North Hill nature reserve, Papa Westray, Orkney

Image: Andy Hay

Reaching over 76 metres above the sea, these dramatic cliffs house Orkney's largest seabird colony. Once seen, it's never forgotten! Walk along the cliff path in the summer and you'll see an array of wildflowers, while below you on the cliffs, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills will be nesting. You might even see a puffin, and porpoises and orca are occasionally spotted too. Take care on the paths.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) and in areas with cattle we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 59.33119,-3.07029
  • Grid reference: HY392499
  • Nearest town: Pierowall, Westray, Orkney
  • County: Orkney
  • Country: Scotland

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