From where to stay, how to get there and what to pack, here’s everything you need to know to visit puffins in Scotland!
How to See Puffins in the Treshnish Isles of Scotland
One of the biggest reasons I wanted to visit Scotland was to photograph the wildlife and rugged landscapes of this gorgeous country. After I started planning my island itinerary, I learned about the puffins who make their homes in the Hebridean Islands.
How To Get To The Treshnish Isles
From the Isle of Mull, I took a boat excursion with Turus Mara to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. These islands are uninhabited so the easiest way to visit is by staying on the Isle of Mull and taking a ferry. Lunga island is where the puffins reside from April to August.
Turus Mara‘s daily cruises depart the Isle of Mull at 11:30 am and return at 5:45 pm. You will spend one hour on Staffa and two hours on Lunga. Ticket prices: €55 Adults, €27.50 Children or €140 for a family of two adults and two children.
“Communing with the wild, and with birds like puffins, is as important as sunshine, sleep or vitamin C. Puffin therapy is a great way to get that fix.” — Dr. Nick Baylis
I literally spent the entire time sitting with these peaceful birds. They were not kidding about puffin therapy either! Everybody on the island, including myself, was grinning from ear to ear. It is easily one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
I find the lives of puffins fascinating. These birds breed on land from April to August, which is why I was able to see them during my visit in May. In the winter, they disperse and spend several months at sea. They have waterproof feathers and they are able to drink salt water in order to survive on the ocean.
Where To Stay When Visiting The Puffins in Scotland
I stayed in the picturesque town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and took the ferry to these uninhabited islands.
Glengorm Castle: I stayed at Glengorm Castle and loved it. This gorgeous castle has unbeatable views, offers free WIFI, and a lovely shared lounge and garden.
Linndhu House: The Linndhu House gets excellent reviews, some rooms have sea views, they offer free WIFI, and a garden.
Morvern: Morvern offers apartments with fully equipped kitchens, and a balcony with garden views.
What To Pack For Your Puffin Excursion in Scotland
Traveling in the higher altitudes in this region of Scotland mean snowfall in the winter and frequent rain year round.
Packing layers is highly advised for any time of the year, with additional warm winter clothing in the months from late September to May. If you plan to visit the Northern Highlands, be especially sure to pack thermal clothing that you can wear under long sleeves and trail pants.