Edinburgh, Lothians and Scottish Borders

Gannet in front of Bass Rock: Scottish Seabird Centre/Jane Barlow

Gannet in front of Bass Rock: Scottish Seabird Centre/Jane Barlow

Edinburgh, Lothians and the Scottish Borders has something for everyone. Along with the vibrant city of Edinburgh with its own wildlife, the Firth of Forth, its islands and coastline hold breath-taking wildlife wonders. Internationally important seabird colonies, including the Bass Rock gannets nest on the Forth’s islands which can be accessed by boat and enjoyed from the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick.

The dramatic coast of south-east Scotland is backed by rolling hills and farmland, and influenced by one of the world’s foremost rivers for wild salmon, the River Tweed, with excellent opportunities to spot water birds, such as dippers and kingfishers.

Also in the area:

  • Water of Leith and  Duddingston Loch: woodland and water birds including kingfishers in the heart of Edinburgh
  • Aberlady Bay: summer orchids and winter wildfowl
  • John Muir Country Park: coastal grassland and cliffs.
  • St Abb’s Head: seabirds and coastal meadows
  • Hirsel Country Park: water rail, hawfinch, green- and greater spotted woodpeckers

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