Autumn is awash with colours. From russet leaves and pale misty mornings, to golden skies and the wonder of changing woodland, the season is an ever-changing feast for the sense.
Of all the changing autumnal colours, one of our firm favourites is grey. The changing seasons bring thousands of new-born grey seal pups to our shores, with hundreds visible at a time in our glorious coastal locations. It’s a real autumnal highlight and not to be missed!
Here are our picks for the best seal-spotting locations in the UK.
The shores of Loch Long and Loch Goil are perfect places to spot Scottish seal pups. They gather on skerries, small rocky islands, and swim just off-shore. You can also spot common seals alongside their grey cousins. And even if it’s a quiet day, the stunning Scottish scenery in its autumnal beauty offers a real feast for the eyes. Landal Piperdam is the perfect place for a stay, with plenty to keep you entertained afterwards.
Scenic St Ives is not only the perfect place for a break, it’s also the ideal location for autumnal seal-spotting. The National Trusts’ Godrevy Point allows you to see hundreds of grey seals basking on the shores and swimming in the waters. There are some truly brilliant walks to enjoy around this part of the Cornish coast too. And with waterfront accommodation at Landal Gwel an Mor, there’s nowhere better for a scenic escape in autumn.
Head out to sea to spot one of Britain’s oldest and most famous seal colonies on the Farne Islands. Boats leave from the harbour at nearby Seahouses, and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot en-route. Once you reach the islands, you can spot thousands of seals on the rocks. What’s more, many of the boat trips are dog friendly, so you can bring your own pup along! The wonderful Landal Kielder Waterside allows you to get your land legs back in style afterwards.
More than 10km of protected coastline awaits at Donna Nook, and every November and December, grey seals come ashore to give birth to their pups. Lincolnshire Wildlife trust has been recording grey seal numbers since 2013, with numbers rising steadily each year. 2018’s recording was over 2,000 pups. Hopefully, the 2019 season will bring even more. Visit Landal Kenwick Woods for the ultimate base for your Lincolnshire seal spotting. With comfortable accommodation and amazing activities, it’s the perfect place to unwind.