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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
  • 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. Escocia Tours

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    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Escocia Tours

  2. Basking Shark Scotland

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    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    South Queensferry

    Welcome to Basking Shark Scotland

  3. Western Isles Cruises

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    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Mallaig

    Welcome to Western Isles Cruises

  4. Orkney Attractions

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    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.

  5. Ecoventures

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Cromarty

    Experience the thrill aboard high speed, offshore RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) and share firsthand the unique scenery, wildlife and history of the Moray Firth.

  6. Explorer

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    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Gardenstown

    Sightseeing trips to RSPB Troup Head Nature Reserve. Fishing trips also available.

  7. Shetland Sea Charters

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    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    Welcome to Shetland Sea Charters.

  8. Orkney Uncovered

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    'Orkney Uncovered' is a unique tour company offering private tours of Orkney's Wartime Defences, Stone Age Sites, Bespoke Jewellery, Wildlife and Coastal Scenery Walks.

  9. St. Andrews Sea Safari

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    St Andrews

    Welcome to Standrew sea safari

  10. Explore Orkney

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    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Finstown

    Enjoy the wonders of holidays in Orkney with these all-inclusive structured day trips. Uncover fascinating tombs, learn about the Vikings and explore Neolithic sites.

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