Puffins at Bullers of Buchan

Last October myself and Emma took a drive to Bullers of Buchan which is just north of Aberdeen, and learned that this was actually a good spot to see puffins when they are nesting, however, with it being October, we were a little out of season. In the post I wrote back in October, which you can check out here, we said we'd be back, and that's exactly what we done last Sunday.

We headed out to the car park which is just off the main road near Bullers of Buchan, and made our way down to the collapsed sea cave and surrounding area. As we neared, the noise from the birds was crazy, and there were literally thousands of them nesting all around.

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We spent some time wandering around the top of the sea cave, making sure we were scouring the walls of the cave to see if we could spot any puffins. I think we probably spent around an hour and a half looking, but sadly couldn't see any.

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There was one last spot we wanted to check out though, so we headed back in the direction of the path to the car park, and headed up and round to the right where there is a path which leads around the side of the cliff. Plenty more birds were nesting around here also, but sadly, there were no signs of any puffins...

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Just as we were getting ready to leave, I caught a glimpse of some orange on a bird flying off the side of the cliff, and rightly so... a PUFFIN! We waited for a few minutes to see if it returned to the same spot, and we were in luck as two appeared back to the exact same spot on the side of the cliff.

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There were a little far away so we spent some time trying to get a couple decent images of them, and then we headed back home. We'll be back next month though when hopefully more have arrived, so be prepared for a post filled with puffins!

Bullers of Buchan

The light nights are no longer, we have officially hit October and the dark nights are rolling in, so trying to make the most of what free time I actually have during the week to get out and about, and that only seems to be on a Sunday, sadly. Thankfully, there was no F1 this weekend (sorry Emma), and it was a pretty glorious day considering it's October and Aberdeen, so we went out for a bit before I had to go to work.

When we were at New Slains Castle the other week, we were speaking to a guy and he made us aware of some places to check out further north of the castle, and since our car was parked in the opposite direction, we said we'd do this another day.

So, that was what today's plan was!

Heading straight through Cruden Bay this time, and turning off into the car park for Bullers of Buchan, this is where we would begin. From the car park, you walk down a little road, and then you have the choice to go left or right. The left hand path is a lot more obvious than the right, but the right will take you to New Slains Castle if you want to head there.

We went left, as this is where the Bullers of Buchan is, and it is the name given to the collapsed sea cave which you can see in the pictures below, really impressive, and you can walk across it too if you have good balance, and it's not too windy.

Apparently this spot is pretty great for puffin watching, but sadly we're passed their nesting season, so we'll be back next year once they return!

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Bullers of Buchan - collapsed sea cave

While Emma went and checked out what was further on, I went for a wander over the very skinny path on top of Bullers of Buchan to try and take in some views.

The only issue with going out in the middle of the day is that the sunlight is so f*cking harsh, and it really does absolutely no favours when trying to take a picture, especially when there's shadows involved too. Bane of my life.

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Looking north from atop Bullers of Buchan

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Where the sea enters the collapsed sea cave

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Where's Emma?

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Looking south, New Slains Castle is in this direction

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Emma appeared back from her wander and said that she had found a beach, so naturally, we went to see if we could get to the beach.

When we say "beach", more often than not, there is no sand, it definitely isn't hot, and I really would not recommend going in the water, but it's a beach nonetheless.

You can see the beach below, and for once, it actually looked like we were able to get down to it!

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Gotta get down low to get them Instagram angles, right?

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This trail continues round past the beach and over to the cliffs you can see in the above picture, and from here you can walk to Boddam, but we were just going down in hope that we'd be able to get onto the beach.

The trail itself was actually pretty tight, most of them are around the coast, single file all the way and pretty overgrown. Usually wet too, so probably wasn't the best idea that we were both wearing trainers.

Anyway, we made it to the beach, and Emma sat on a wall and laughed at me while I tried to balance on the stones and explore.

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There's something pretty special about just being able to sit on a wall overlooking a place like this, with absolutely no-one else about, just the sound of the sea, and the birds, gotta enjoy those moments for sure!

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On the path down to the beach, there was a tunnel going through the hill, so of course, as always, we're  curious people, so we walked through and it took as through a field and back out to the main road and the car park.

Pretty ideal, and now we know the perfect entrance if we ever want to come back here!

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