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Handa Island

Handa, Scotland, United Kingdom

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About Handa Island

Handa Island is an island off the west coast of Sutherland, Scotland. It is 309 hectares (760 acres) and 123 metres (404 ft) at its highest point. The island is of national importance for its birdlife and maritime vegetation. Handa is composed of Torridonian red sandstone and surrounded by cliffs covered with birds, which includes puffins, razorbills and guillemots.



Attractions near Handa Island

Ardvreck Castle25.32km from Handa Island

Ardvreck Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 16th century which stands on a rocky promontory jutting out into lake Assynt in Sutherland, Scotland. The castle was built in about 1590, Ardvreck is famous as the place where Montrose- viceroy and captain general of Scotland was handed over in 1650 to the Covenanter forces by MacLeod, Laird of Assynt.

Suilven29.91km from Handa Island

Suilven is a mountain in Scotland. Lying in a remote area in the west of Sutherland, it rises from a wilderness landscape of moorland, bogs, and lakes. Suilven forms a steep-sided ridge some 2 km in length. The summit of the mountain is broad and grassy, though it is almost totally surrounded by vertical cliffs. All routes to Suilven are around 25 km in length over rough terrain.

Cape Wrath31.07km from Handa Island

Cape Wrath is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. The cape is separated from the rest of the mainland by the Kyle of Durness inlet and consists of 107 square miles (280 square kilometres) of moorland wilderness known as the Parph. The first road was built in 1828 by the lighthouse commission across the Parph/Durness. This road connects a passenger ferry that crosses the Kyle of Durness with the buildings on the peninsula.

Smoo Cave35.44km from Handa Island

Smoo Cave is a large combined sea cave and freshwater cave. The cave was formed along two geological lines of weakness by a combination of erosion from the sea and an inland underground stream which has formed the innermost chambers. The cave can be thought of as two caves formed by different mechanisms which have joined together over time.

Stac Pollaidh35.98km from Handa Island

Stac Pollaidh is a mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The peak displays a rocky crest of Torridonian sandstone, with many pinnacles and steep gullies. The ridge was exposed to weathering as a nunatak above the ice sheet during the last Ice Age, while the ice flow carved and scoured the sides of the mountain. Due to its relatively low height of just over 2000 feet, fine views, and ease of access from a road it has become a very popular peak to climb.

An Teallach63.13km from Handa Island

An Teallach is a complex mountain massif, with ten distinct summits over 3,000 feet (914.4 m). An Teallach means 'The Anvil' or 'The Forge' in Scottish Gaelic. An Teallach has terraced sides riven with steep gullies and a sharp rocky summit crest. The steepest section, known as Corrag Bhuidhe has an overhanging pinnacle known as Lord Berkeley's Seat.

Where is Handa Island

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Highland Council54 attractions

Highland is a council area in the Scottish Highlands and is the largest local government area in the United Kingdom. Though relatively populous for a Scottish council area, it is also sparsely populated. At 9.0 per km2 in 2012, the population density is less than one seventh of Scotland's as a whole.