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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. Tour Skye

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Welcome to Tour Skye

  2. Simmer Dim Charters

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Welcome to Simmer Dim Charters - for seafishing and sightseeing on the west of Shetland

  3. Cruise Loch Lomond

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Tarbet

    In recent years the company has expanded into the corporate, incentive and wedding markets offering a range of packages and catering options for an unforgettable cruise.

  4. Free Spirit Boat Hire

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Spend a spectacular day out with the Scottish Canals Neptune Staircase Activities and Free Spirit Boat Hire. We offer attractions for all the family in the Fort William area. Come and experience these Eco-friendly, silent, electric boats.

  5. Ocean Breeze Rib Tours

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Lamlash

    Powerboat tours and charters around Arran and the Firth of Clyde.

  6. Alba Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    Welcome to Alba Tours are offering day and bespoke tours around any area of Scotland. To get some inspiration take a look at our suggested day tours on: www.albatours.org/day-tours, any of which can be tailored to suit your requirements.

  7. Gradings

    Kippford

    Explore the quiet roads, and beautiful scenery of Scotland in a stylish 1960's convertible!

  8. Tour Orkney

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Tour Orkney

  9. Seatrek

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Uig - Lewis

    Seatrek offers boat trips along the spectacular coast of Uig and beyond.

  10. 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.

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