Bullers of Buchan
Peterhead AB42 0NS, UK
See the puffins at Bullers of BuchanAnywhere else in the world, and the glorious sea cliffs at Bullers of Buchan would be surrounded by honking tour buses and touts hawking piles of plastic puffin merchandise.
Instead, you'll likely have this craggy stretch of coast to yourself. Stomp through the wild campions and orchids and find yourself a spot overlooking the crashing waters 200 feet below. Look up - thousands of puffins, kittiwakes, puffins, fulmars, shags, razorbills, guillemots, and gulls soar overhead from April to July.
Bring your binoculars and consider making a day of it by taking the bus from Aberdeen to Cruden Bay (buses run every hour). From the village, follow the coastal walking path past Slains Castle (the inspiration for Dracula) to Bullers. 25 miles north of Aberdeen, the town of Peterhead is 6 miles further.
Note: this isn't a good spot for small children - at times, the clifftop paths have sheer drops on both sides.