Wildlife and Local History

Wildlife and Local History

The gannets, around 160,000 of them, arrive late February and are here until end of September. These magnificent birds have a six foot wingspan, mate for life and have one chick per year. Other birds to be spotted include kittiwakes, puffins, guillemots, razor bills, shags, and cormorants.

The cute but shy puffins are around Craigleith and Fidra and are the last of the seasonal birds to arrive (around April) and first to leave, (mid August) and nest in burrows and have one egg which hatches into a puffling.

Grey seals start migrating to their breeding ground around mid September and start having their pups October through to December and can be seen on Craigleith Island. There are also a few common seals about and they have a different breeding cycle to the greys usually giving birth in the summer. Seals can be seen all year round at the Bass Rock and Craigleith.

A trip round the islands (Bass Rock, Craigleith, Lamb and Fidra) is a great way to see a bit of everything, returning along the coast in the shadow of the historic Tantallon Castle, a mid 14th century fortress with an amazing history and the last medieval curtain wall castle to be built in Scotland.