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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.

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  • A golden eagle.
    A golden eagle
  • A red kite soaring high up above Scotland
    Red kite
  • A seabird mid flight near Westray
    Fulmar off Stronsay coast
  • A white-tailed eagle hunting over a loch.
    A white-tailed eagle hunting in the wild

Scotland has a fantastic range of beautiful bird species that make the country’s stunning landscapes their home.

From huge predators prowling the skies, nimble grouse navigating heather-clad moorlands to cheerful songbirds nestling in tranquil woodland there are so many stunning species to spot throughout Scotland.

As the seasons change, so does the bird population. Migrant species flock to Scotland has a safe haven in the summer months. The coastal cliffs of Orkney are awash with thousands of seabirds in the summer creating vast bird cities. Back on the mainland you are in with a good chance of spotting some impressive birds of prey in Dumfries & Galloway. The Galloway Kite Trail gives visitors the opportunity to spot the elusive red kite through some of Scotland's most impressive scenery.

Browse the listings and plan your wildlife trip in Scotland today.

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  1. Gradings

    Dunvegan

    Take an exhilarating 25 minute boat trip to see the seal colony and observe these playful sea mammals at close quarters.

  2. Scottish Terrier Tours

    Type

    Chauffeur Tour

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    Wemyss Bay

    Welcome to Scottish Terrier Tours.

  3. Gight Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Pitmedden

    Gight Wood lies on the steep, south facing slopes of the Ythan valley, forming the easternmost part of a series of woodlands and river grasslands.

  4. Gradings

    Banff

    This five miles long walk stretches from the Whitehills Harbour to Banff Harbour and follows a lovely coastal path renowned for its seabirds and seals.

  5. Mill Dam Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Shapinsay

    Welcome to Mill Dam Nature Reserve.

  6. Scot-Trek

    Type

    Hiking Tour

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    Glasgow West End

    Scot-Trek organises a series of guided walks, treks and rambles round the Scottish countryside throughout the year.

  7. Erraid Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Edinburgh

    Erraid Wood is a small woodland on the slopes of the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh.

  8. Orkney Attractions

    Type

    Tour Guides

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    Stromness

    As well as offering Peatfire Tales evenings, which offer an insight into Orkney Folklore, John and Lynn and now proud to offer Guided Walks through Stromness. Stromness is a waterfront town with a rich history.

  9. Sporting Scotland Ltd

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Ballindalloch

    Welcome to Sporting Scotland Ltd

  10. North West Highlands Geopark

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    North Highlands

    Explore deep-time, evoke a sense of place, encourage stewardship.

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