Nature & Wildlife

Nature & Wildlife

Urban dolphins leaping in the city centre harbour mouth, seals sunbathing on Newburgh Beach, puffins nesting at the Bullers of Buchan… Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire make the perfect spot for catching a glimpse of your favourite wildlife.

Puffins don’t go a miss here either. The dramatic cliffs at the Bullers of Buchan are where many have been lucky enough to get up and close to Aberdeenshire’s puffins amongst many other species of seabird. Can you believe that Aberdeenshire is said to home the largest colony of rare eider ducks in the world?

At Troup Head the high cliffs provide a spectacular setting for Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony. Porpoises, minke whales and dolphins have also been known to roam the waters nearby and in spring, Troup Head is vibrant with thousands of butterflies and moths amongst the grassland and wild floras. And if you really want to see these charming animals in all their glory, head to Newburgh Beach where you will see hundreds of seals relaxing on the Ythan Estuary shores.

Along the coast you will find great viewing hotspots including the Bullers of Buchan, Torry Battery and the Ythan Estuary. There are also many nature reserves perfectly located for seeing our interesting wildlife in untouched surroundings. 

A great way to get up, close and personal with the wildlife along the Banffshire Coast is by taking a guided boat trip – perfect for spotting dolphins, minke whales, guillemots and puffins!

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