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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. Gradings

    Dunoon

    Departing from Blairmore Pier, near Dunoon, this is a spectacular 2 hour West Coast Fjord-land tour, exploring the sheltered waters of Loch Long and Loch Goil.

  2. Venture West

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Achnamara

    Boat trips Corryvreckan whirlpools and wildlife from Crinan. Island/sea taxi and transfers and charters around Jura, Scarba, Islay, Colonsay, MacCorrmaig isles and more.

  3. Brightwater Scotland

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Brightwater Scotland presents a collection of quality holidays that celebrate the very best that Scotland has to offer. The wonderful islands that lie off our coast feature strongly, as well as garden holidays and special interest tours.

  4. Gradings

    Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

    Walk Wild Scotland offer small group guided walking holidays in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

  5. Gradings

    Argyll & The Isles

    About Argyll Walking Holidays offers walking holidays, hiking tours and bespoke private guided hiking trips in beautiful but undiscovered parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

  6. Sporting Scotland Ltd

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Ballindalloch

    Welcome to Sporting Scotland Ltd

  7. Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Portree

    Welcome to Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours

  8. Caithness Wildlife Tours

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    Discover the hidden wildlife in Scotland's far north on a tailor-made wildlife tour or guided walk. We offer wildlife watching and walking in small groups to ensure a memorable experience. Spend a couple of hours or a whole day with us.

  9. 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.

  10. Tour Skye

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Welcome to Tour Skye

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