Hermaness is the northernmost headland of Unst, the northernmost inhabited island of Shetland, Scotland. It consists of sea cliffs and moorland.

Hermaness NNR

Hermaness was designated a National Nature Reserve in 1955 and is currently managed by Scottish Natural Heritage although the land remains in the ownership of the Edmonston family of Baltasound, who are still major landowners on Unst. It is of note for its breeding Fulmars, Gannets, Shags, Great Skuas, Puffins and Guillemots.

The NNR designation also includes the outlying Muckle Flugga and Out Stack.

Hermaness was also the home to a Black-browed Albatross, an extreme rarity in the northern hemisphere, every summer from 1972 until 1995 (except 1988 and 1989). This bird, nicknamed 'Albert', proved a major attraction to British birdwatchers, many of whom made the journey northwards to see it.


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