There are so many wonderful coastal locations in the UK that present the chance to encounter some stunning wildlife, ranging from minke whales to leatherback turtles.

If you’re wondering where you can tour to see some these wonderful creatures, we’ve spoken to, who have rounded up five coastal hotspots.

One thing to remember when you come across wildlife – make sure you treat the animals with respect and don’t get too close.

Labrador Bay, Devon

With stunning coastlines – and cream teas – Devon is always a popular destination. There’s so much to do there, with quaint shops and villages providing the perfect backdrop for a tour.

There are also numerous National Trust properties to explore in the area too, such as Coleton Fishacre and Castle Drogo. However, if it’s wildlife you’re after Labrador Bay could be one of your preferred ports of call. The Bay will offer the opportunity to see dolphins, while visiting Lundy presents an opportunity to see puffins and seals.

Seals on a beach near the sea

Thinking of heading to Devon? Find out how Elaine Ormerod got on when she took a trip to Devon’s fabulous English Riviera resorts.

Moray Firth, The Highlands

Visiting Moray Firth not only guarantees fabulously scenic views in the Highlands, but you’re also set for some great wildlife encounters too.

A minke whale

The area is home to seals and dolphins but the real highlight are the minke whales – you’ll certainly know if you’ve seen one, due to the big splash they make when leaping out of the water.

If you’re considering a tour of Scotland, we share the best campsites with sea views.

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

The famous coastline of Pembrokeshire is enough of a reason to visit on its own, but some of the wildlife in the area makes it even more enticing. A trip to Skomer Island will be a must. It’s home to an abundance of wildlife, including puffins and seals.

While you’re in the region, you could also try walking some of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The trail offers beautiful views of untouched coastline.

Our Pembrokeshire travel guide provides hints and tips to touring in the spectacular region of southwest Wales.

Farne Island, Northumberland

Historic architecture, incredible landscapes and wildlife – what more could you ask for? That’s exactly what Northumberland’s Farne Island offers. You can expect to come across seals and dolphins, but what makes it a truly special spot is the puffin population.

Four puffins

Farne Island has around 40,000 nesting pairs in the colony, and the summer presents the best time of year to visit, as they head back to the island to breed.

While you’re in the area, you could always take a trip to Kielder Forest, home to 50% of the UK’s red squirrel population.

Penzance, Cornwall

Cornwall promises gorgeous coastlines and beaches, plus the chance to encounter stunning wildlife. If you’re lucky, a stop-off in Penzance could provide a glimpse of a leatherback turtle, while Porthwarra offers the opportunity to go dolphin spotting.

A dolphin in the sea

The Isles of Scilly are also home to a variety of wildlife, ranging from seals and whales to sharks and puffins.

We’d love to see the photos from your wildlife encounters while on tour! Tweet them to us @pcaravan.

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