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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. Ness Battery

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Now open for guided tours, Ness Battery is a remarkable relic of Orkney's wartime past. The tour includes the the mess hall, featuring the famous painted mural. This is a brand new attraction for Orkney, and one not to be missed!

  2. Gordon Grant Marine

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Isle of Iona

  3. Seabirds-and-Seals

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Shetland's award-winning wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway in Lerwick.

  4. Gradings

    Benbecula

  5. Misty Isle Boat Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Elgol

    Visit Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Mountains with Misty Isle Boat Trips. New for 2013. Trips to Canna to see the puffins and to the Isle of Rum. Also whale/wildlife spotting cruises on board the MV Heather Grace.

  6. Gradings

    Luss

    Offering speedboat tours, boat hire, parties, weddings, days out and more on the famous waters of Loch Lomond since 2001.

  7. Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Be a part of it and join a multi-award winning small group tour. Tour from 1-17 days throughout Scotland. Our friendly guides and small groups of 16 people maximum ensure an excellent customer experience. Guaranteed departures all year.

  8. 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.

  9. Seatrek

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Uig - Lewis

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

  10. Misty Angling Trips

    Type

    Fishing Tour

    Gradings

    Peterhead

    Welcome to Misty Angling Trips :) we offer Sea Angling Trips also Boat Trips/Sightseeing trips from Buchaness lighthouse the most easterly point in Scotland to Cruden bay Aberdeenshire, taking in the Bullers of Buchan & Slaines castle(Draculas castle

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