57. Day 25 in Shetland: Hermaness Nature Reserve Puffinpalooza!
From the moment I started planning my trip to Shetland, I knew I would want to spend as much time as I could at Hermaness Nature Reserve. It is world-renowned for its breeding colonies of gannets and puffins, and also as the northenmost tip of the northernmost island in the UK. Muckle Flugga, the lighthouse off its coast, is the northernmost lighthouse in the UK. (Here are some additional photos and information about Muckle Flugga, as I wasn’t able to get very good photos for obvious reasons!) Everything is the edge of the world here at 60 degrees (plus change) north.
There is a wonderful walkway to the cliff’s edge, with a couple of choices (long walk or shorter walk). We chose the long walk on this day. While the walkway does take one over some of the boggiest bits of the trails up, we still had plenty to deal with once we departed the walkway.
Hermaness didn’t only NOT disappoint, it exceeded all expectations. I mean, I knew there’d be puffins and gannets, but I wasn’t expecting such an intimate experience with the puffins; and I was so pleased to see the healthy colony of gannets after seeing so many dead ones over the course of my stay in Shetland. I was especially happy that my partner had such a grand time!
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