Visit one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of gannets and other seabirds off the coast of Scotland.

The Bass Rock

Marine Life: Gannets and other seabirds including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, various gulls, shags, cormorants and fulmars.

What: The Bass Rock,

Where: North Berwick, Scotland

About: The Bass Rock is a volcanic rock situated 3 miles off the coast of South-East Scotland. During the summer, around 150,000 gannets arrive to breed on the rock making it one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of northern gannets.

When: April to September with June being the peak time.

How to experience:

Sea Fans recommends the Scottish Seabird Centre:

  • Daily boat tours to the Bass Rock and other neighbouring islands, from April to September.
  • Education centre with interactive live cameras on the local islands, games and exhibitions about the wonder of Scotland’s marine habitats and wildlife.
  • Check out the centre’s wildlife calendar to see what you can see and when.



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