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Troup Head Nature Reserve

Troup Head covers about 2.5 miles of coast and has the only gannetry on the Scottish mainland, with an estimated 1,500 nests. The best time to see gannets is between April and September. The seabird colony is best viewed from the water, and below you find details of the two cruise companies that run trips to Troup Head.

Puffin Cruises offer daily tours in a former fishing boat from the harbour of Macduff (near Banff) along the scenic Moray Firth coastline. North 58° operates all year from Banff and other local harbours, using a custom-built rigid-hulled inflatable powerboat. Both companies operate in accordance with the WiSe (Wildlife Safe) code of conduct and the Dolphin State Programme, and state they are aware of their responsibility to the marine environment.

RSPB Troup Head Nature Reserve is open at all times and is best reached from the B9031, 1.5 miles east of Gardenstown, following the signs for Northfield and Salix Pottery. It is an open cliff top site, so please take when walking near the cliff edge. For further information please contact the warden on 01346 532017 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/scotland. This nature reserve is an important place for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.