Update: Unst nature reserve closure postponed

The Hermaness National Nature Reserve in Unst will be closed to visitors from tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31,  for the delivery of walkway materials.

It was announced earlier this month that NatureScot, in partnership with Shetland Islands Council, will create a new 2km boardwalk, made from recycled plastic, across the peatland, provide new toilets, improved car parking and a sheltered interpretation point for visitors.

Between Wednesday, 7th April and Friday, 9th April, public access to Hermaness National Nature Reserve and its car park will be prohibited as helicopters bring in building materials.

The closure was originally scheduled to begin yesterday, Monday 29th March but has been delayed due to poor flying conditions.

Steve Mathieson, Shetland development manager, said: “I am delighted that this project can now press ahead. It is so important that we support these projects that aim to improve facilities, as well as the visitor experience, particularly at a time when the tourism and hospitality industry is really suffering.

“Due to Covid-19, there is evidence that a new, homegrown audience is discovering and enjoying Scotland’s more remote locations, such as Hermaness, which is fantastic. Improvement works like this are crucial to ensuring the reserve remains sustainable for years to come.”


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