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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. Bespoke Border Car Tours


    Tour Guides



    Bespoke, luxury car tours in the beautiful Scottish Borders and beyond. Let me take the strain of driving away - experience castles, abbeys, historic sites, wonderful scenery and much more. Tailored to meet your needs! Distance no object

  2. Gradings


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

  3. Scottish Terrier Tours


    Chauffeur Tour


    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Wemyss Bay

    Welcome to Scottish Terrier Tours. we are a bespoke luxury tour company in Scotland taking up to 6 people, larger groups can be accommodated. We are child friendly and have car seats and boosters, water, snacks and activity packs for your wee ones..

  4. Gradings


    Get off the beaten track and explore the brethtaking scenery of Atholl Estates on a 4x4 tour.

  5. Gradings

    Isle of Iona

  6. Craignish Cruises


    Boat Tour


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Craignish Cruises offer guided Corryvreckan Whirlpool, wildlife, and whale watching boat trips on the purpose built 12 meter catamaran Sea Leopard 11

  7. Loch Ness by Jacobite


    Boat Tour


    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour


    Out on the dark waters of Loch Ness, everything seems to take on a new perspective. Surrounded by hills and with deep waters below, it's easy to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise the loch in one of our vessels.

  8. Alternative Boat Hire


    Boat Tour


    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Explore the coasts, the alternative way. Untamed islands, wildlife, history. Small numbers, Child friendly. Trips under sail on a stunning restored Danish Gaff Ketch.

  9. Gradings


    Above water and underwater, get the best of both worlds! Join a Shetlander and a Biologist on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss to see seals, seabirds, scenery and spectacular underwater sea life. History, culture, geology, nature and more!

  10. Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours


    Wildlife Tour



    If you have ever wanted to see a Golden Eagle cruising a mountain ridge or an Otter hunting the shoreline, then you have an excellent chance of making your dream come true on one of our day tours around the dramatic Isle of Skye.


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