Wildlife attractions in the Scottish Borders

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  • A couple feed some ponies handfuls of grass, Scottish Borders
    A couple feed some ponies handfuls of grass, Scottish Borders
  • Kailzie Chicken Village at Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles
    Kailzie Chicken Village at Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles
  • Salmon Leap Walk at the Salmon Viewing Centre, Philiphaugh Estate in Selkirk
    Salmon Leap Walk at the Salmon Viewing Centre, Philiphaugh Estate in Selkirk
  • The Salmon Viewing Centre, Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk
    The Salmon Viewing Centre, Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk

While visiting the Scottish Borders, it's easier than you think to get up close and personal to wildlife at a wide range of attractions across the region. Home to a wide range of wildlife amble through the many picturesque parks and gardens or spot wildlife at viewing centres throughout the Borders.

On a leisurely riverside walk through the award-winning Wilton Lodge Park, you could perhaps spy a red squirrel. From red squirrels to meeting another local redhead, roam the Jedforest Deer and Farm Park, set in the beautiful Jed Valley overlooking the Cheviot Hills, and discover red deer and many more species besides. The park also includes a falconry with owls, hawks and eagles, as well as a collection of rare livestock that have slowly disappeared from Scottish farms over the last half century.

There are several attractions that are sure to be big hits in terms of interactivity. The Philipshaugh Salmon Viewing Centre lets you see the number of fish that have passed upstream with their monthly fish counter. Particularly during the spawning season, you can see Atlantic salmon energetically leaping up the cauld as they make their way up the Ettrick and Yarrow waters and complete their epic journey to breed. Alternatively, the Osprey Watch centres near Peebles lets you have a birdseye view into the nests of breeding ospreys in their tree-top nests. Usually, this sight would never have been so easily accessible to the humans but a live camera feed brings these magnificent hunters closer to home as they raise their young chicks.

Browse the listings to plan your trip to the wildlife attractions in the Scottish Borders today.