Head Nature Reserve
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
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
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.