... Isle of May and Craigleith Island, Fife, Scotland. Witness one of Scotland's most amazing natural spectacles, where seabirds cram onto the ledges of the Isle's towering cliffs and puffins peek out from their grassy burrows. Puffins have always been on my bucket list and the closest place to Edinburgh that I could find these cute birds was on the Isle of May. The Isle of May, which is five miles off the Fife coast, plays host to the third-largest puffin colony in the UK. The Isle of May is owned by the Scottish National Heritage and has a vast array of wildlife, which includes about 200,000 seabirds. Being a puffin in Scotland is probably a deadly serious business, what with the sandeel shortages and all that burrowing playing havoc with the plumage in the breeding season. 4 Farne Islands, Northumberland, England. Wildlife & Bird Santuary on the May Isle Typically April, May, June, July and August are the best times to view the seabirds, particularly puffins, the earlier the better. A fight can break out if one of the pair rejects the interloper and gives them a bite. You can also spot whales, dolphins, seals and butterflies at certain times in the season. I have been obsessed with puffins for a few years now. I missed my chance to see them in Iceland. This year, I decided that I will do something about it. The Isle of May National Nature Reserve is a haven for nesting and migrating seabirds - including the massively popular puffins. The behaviour can attract a crowd of other puffins as onlookers, one of which may try to join in. You can view seals all year round, with whale spotting late July, August & September and migrants the last week in May. That being said, the weather on the Isle of Skye can change within a matter of minutes, and experiencing a light snowfall in March (or even June!) One of the best days ever! The first puffins of the season have arrived on the Isle of May, having been at sea since August last year. Anchored on the edge of the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a magical mix of seabirds, seals and smugglers. It is the home of the largest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain. Each puffin pair then begins incubating a single egg. Leave a comment. More than 40,000 pairs of the birds return there each year after spending the winter across the North Sea and North Atlantic to partner up for life and raise their young. Most importantly, though you may hear puffins give a kind of deep yet nervous laugh, this does not give them a sense of humour. This is the largest puffin colony on the east coast of Scotland. The Isle Of May is more accessible than the Bass Rock in uncertain weather because although they both lie in the Firth Of Forth, Bass Rock is a massive rock that juts out of the sea with sheer cliffs on all sides. 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