Wildlife in Ayrshire & Arran

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Watch this video and see some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
Great Scottish wildlife

See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.

VisitScotland Ayrshire and The Isles of Arran and Cumbrae What to See and Do Guide
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With its varying landscape of stunning coastlines, woodlands and glens and offshore islands, Ayrshire & Arran provides a haven for wildlife and watchers alike.

High overhead, you'll have the chance to see golden eagles, buzzards and other rapters prowling the skies. Or stroll through woodland for the chance to spot red deer and red squirrels. In the waters of the Firth of Clyde, look out for seals, dolphins and basking sharks and be sure not to miss the incredible spectacle of the vast seabird colonies nesting on the steep rockfaces of uninhabited Ailsa Craig.

  • Gannets
    Gannets
  • A keeper feeding the Ring-tailed lemurs at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park
    A keeper feeding the Ring-tailed lemurs at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park
  • River Ayr Way through Ayr Gorge Woodlands, near Failford
    A trail on the River Ayr Way through Ayr Gorge Woodlands, near Failford
A deer on Lochranza Golf Club, Arran

Finding wildlife

Offshore and on, Ayrshire & Arrans varied landscapes and habitats guarantee the best in wildlife-watching.

Gannets roosting on rocks

Birdwatching

Ayrshire & Arran is a birdwatcher's paradise, packed with different habitats hosting different species.

River Ayr Way through Ayr Gorge Woodlands, near Failford

Hides and reserves

Discover a wide range of wildlife in its natural surroundings at nature reserves in Ayrshire & Arran.

Ringtail Lemur at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Wildlife attractions

Explore the beautiful landscapes of Ayrshire & Arran and discover wildlife in the regions many attractions, from country parks to petting zoos.

Seals on rocks at Kildonan, Isle of Arran

Boat charters and wildlife cruises

Explore Ayrshire & Arran on a boat charter or wildlife cruise and discover a range of species which make the region their home, from seabirds to seals and dolphins.