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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

    The Highlands

    Walk Wild Scotland offer one week walking holidays and private tours on Scotland's west coast and the Isle of Skye.

  2. 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.

  3. Gradings

    Orkney

    Orkney Aspects' tours are different to those offered by many other companies, as each tour is planned around what you wish to experience in Orkney.

  4. Arisaig Marine Ltd

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Arisaig

    Arisaig Marine offers daily, off the beaten-track cruises all summer to the islands of Rum, Eigg and Muck.

  5. Odin Tours of Orkney

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Odin Tours of Orkney. We specialise in private guided tours of Orkney. Every tour is unique and tailored to your interests and is at your pace.

  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. Isle Adventures Ltd

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Whithorn

    Based at the Isle Of Whithorn We offer charter boat hire for Wildlife Watching & Sea Fishing trips during the summer. Winter - Dumfries & Galloway has a growing reputation as one of the best areas in Scotland for birdwatching tours.

  8. Waverley Excursions Ltd

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Glasgow South Side

    Step aboard Paddle Steamer Waverley for a Great Day Out! Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass - see & hear the mighty engines turn the ships famous paddles!

  9. Gradings

    Inverness

    Our fantastic Isle of Skye Day Tour explores all of the top attractions on the island, plus Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle too!

  10. Seascape Expeditions

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Ullapool

    Seascape offers an exciting experience with trips out of Ullapool to the Summer Isles and surrounding area, aboard a RIB (rigid hull inflatable boat).

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