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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.

  • A wildlife boat trip, Noss
    A wildlife boat trip, Noss
  • Dolphins breach the surface of the water with Codonas Amusement Park in the background
    Dolphins off the coast of Aberdeen - Image © Ian Hay (www.creativewildlife.co.uk)
  • The boat to Anstruther, East Neuk, Fife
    Boat to Anstruther
  • A dolphin leaps out of the sea
    A breaching dolphin
  • An adventure boat ride to experience the Corryvreckan Whirlpool
    Whirlpool Expedition, Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Get closer to wildlife than you ever imagined on a boat charter or wildlife cruise in Scotland. With thousands of miles of coastline, including rugged sheer cliffs and pristine beaches, as well as over 700 islands, Scotland is one of the best places in the UK to get up close and personal with aquatic wildlife.

The experience of spotting wildlife offshore in Scotland is second to none.  You'll be addicted to the rush of seeing your first pod of dolphins breaking the surface of the water just yards from the side of the boat. In certain parts of Scotland, particularly the northern isles of Orkney and Shetland, sightings of a variety of whales are becoming more and more frequent, their epic tail fins rising up and slipping beneath the waves. Minke and orca are the most commonly sighted, but sperm, blue and pilot whales have also made an appearance in Scottish waters. Expect to spy seals or porpoises too.

As well as skimming the waters out to sea, boat tours often draw up close to cliff faces and bob in the swell below enormous seabird colonies. These cities are a hive of activity, with thousands of birds, including puffins, fulmars, gannets and more, nesting in the crags or swooping and diving to feed in the waters below.

For your exciting chance to have a more personal wildlife experience, browse the listings to plan a cruise in Scotland today.

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  1. North West Cruises

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Gairloch

    North West Cruises offers boat trips around Gairloch and the beautiful Hebridean waters, with the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, basking sharks, seals and birds.

  2. Aigas Field Centre

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Beauly

    Welcome to Aigas Field Centre - awarded 'Best Nature Based Experience' by Visit Scotland. Learning holidays at Aigas are a unique and unforgettable experience for anybody who wants to learn more about Scotland's superb natural history.

  3. Gradings

    Shetland

    We are a boat charter operator sailing from the Brae Marina, 25 miles north of Lerwick. Our wildlife/ sight seeing or fishing tours are in the St Magnus Bay/ Busta Voe areas but also regularly visit the islands of Vementry and Papa Stour.

  4. Caledonian Adventures

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Leith

    Welcome to Caledonian Adventures we have put together some fantastic walking walking and wildlife holidays to help you discover and explore the very best coast lines the Scottish islands have to offer.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Lerwick

    The catamaran provides the perfect stable platform to see Shetland's fantastic wild life, breathtaking cliffs and coastline.

  6. Gradings

    • 3 Tour
    3 Tour

    Glenfinnan

    Unique Guided Cruises from Glenfinnan & Acharacle on the Stunning Sheltered Inland Waters of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands.

  7. Scot Mountain Holidays

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Boat of Garten

    We are a tour operator specialising in providing adventures for families and walking holidays for all. We use our home as our base - taking our home with us when we go mobile across the Highlands. Our trips have guaranteed departures.

  8. Nature Watch Orkney

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Nature Watch Orkney

  9. Big Sky Scotland

    Type

    Food & Drink Tour

    Gradings

    Freuchie

    From history tours to playing a round of golf at St Andrews, Big Sky Scotland’s luxury Scottish experiences are built around you.

  10. Gradings

    Findhorn

    Wild and scenic tours of the Moray Firth coastline and it's abundant wildlife- just bring your sense of adventure!

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