Troup Head

Troup Head Nature Reserve is a spectacular high cliff setting for Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony

In spring, tens of thousands of seabirds return to the cliffs. Alongside the amazing gannets, are thousands of kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills, along with several other species, including puffins, breed here.

Wildflowers bloom on the clifftop grassland including the beautiful pale blue of spring squill and later in the year the cliff-top is swathed in pink and white from thrift and campions. And further out at sea you may be lucky to see dolphins and whales.

Troup Head Access

Troup head can be accessed by foot and is a lovely trail along the un-fenced, wild, cliff top reserve, where there are many opportunities to view the seabird and puffins.

One of the most spectacular ways to view Troup head is from a boat trip . Guide Charter cruises offer amazing trips and you are sure to spot dolphins as well as the amazing birds & the dramatic cliffs from the sea.


Troup Head Distance from Harestone Moss

57 minutes

Entry Price

Free but donations welcome

There is a small carpark but no facilities

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