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Where to Photograph Puffins

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Puffins within the UK. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

The pictures in the rotator on the right were taken on Skomer Island off the coast of Wales.


All images in rotator



County NGR


Farne Islands Seahouses Northumberland NU230370 National Trust 60,000 pairs
Skomer Island Martins Haven Pembrokeshire   Wildlife Trust  6,000 pairs
Skokholm Martins Haven Pembrokeshire SM735050 Wildlife Trust  4,500
Bempton Cliffs Bridlington Yorkshire TA197738 RSPB  
South Stack Holyhead Anglesey SH211818 RSPB  
Sumburgh Head Samburgh Lighthouse Shetland HU407079 RSPB 5,000 pairs
Isle of Noss Bressay Shetland   Isle of Noss  2,000 pairs
Fetlar Yell Shetland HU655900 RSPB 1,500
Hermaness Unst Shetland   Unst 50,000 pairs
Uyea Ronas Hill Shetland HU6099 Shetland 1000 pairs
Foula Scalloway Shetland   About Foula 50,000 pairs
Fair Isle Lerwick Shetland   NT Scotland

25,000 pairs

St Kilda Outer Hebrides Inverness-shire   NT Scotland Largest colony around 250,000 pairs
Fidra North Berwick East Lothian   RSPB less than quarter mile wide, but teeming with puffins during breeding season
Craigleith North Berwick East Lothian   Seabird.org less than quarter mile wide, but teeming with puffins during breeding season
Bass Rock North Berwick East Lothian   Seabird.org  
Orkney Islands   Scotland   Visit Orkney 10 reserves
Duncansby Head John O'Groats Caithness ND400720 Undiscovered Scotland small numbers on surrounding cliffs
Staffa Island Iona Isle of Mull   Tutus Mara (boat)  
Lunga Iona Isle of Mull NM276421

Treshnish Isles

Tutus Mara (boat)

puffins are so tame they come and tug at your shoelaces if you sit still.
Isle of May Crail and Anstruther Fife  

Ferry Trips

Landing Trips to the Island, lasting 5 or 6 hours, leave from Crail or Anstruther in Fife. 70,000 pairs
Lundy Island Bideford or Ilfracombe Devon   Lundy Island  
Annet Scilly Islands Cornwall   IOS Wildlife Trust  
Troup Head Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire NJ822665 RSPB Scotland's only mainland colony of Gannets and Puffins.

This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.

See Also:

Photographing Puffins

Puffins species factsheet


By: Tracey Park Section: Key:
Page Ref: puffin_list Topic: Wildlife Last Updated: 05/2016

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