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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

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Take in the view and enjoy the special experience of a cruise on board the famous Sir Walter Scott, sailing Loch Katrine since 1900.

  2. Forth Boat Tours


    Boat Tour


    North Berwick

  3. Gradings

    The Highlands

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

  4. Brightwater Scotland


    Tour Operators


    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.

  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. Dolphin Space Programme


    Coach Tour


    Moray Firth

    Hoping to see the famous Moray Firth dolphins or other marine wildlife like seals, porpoises, whales and seabirds? Look no further.

  7. See Orkney Tours


    Tour Guides



    Welcome to See Orkney Tours. We are a small family tour company. We offer bespoke tours to suit your needs and wishes, taking you to sites of your choice.

  8. Spindrift Boat Trips


    Boat Tour


    Skye & Lochalsh

    Come aboard Spindrift for a wildlife watching and island visit. Visit the beautiful Isle of Rona or the Isle of Raasay from Portree pier.

  9. Western Isles Cruises


    Boat Tour



    Welcome to Western Isles Cruises. The Western Isles is a 64ft passenger boat of wooden construction. We offer daily excursions to some of the most remote parts of the West Highlands including Inverie, Tarbet and the islands Eigg and Rum.

  10. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Nocturnal Wildlife Tours offer visitors a unique experience, allow them to see wildlife in a way they have never experienced before, using the latest thermal imaging cameras. We also offer wildlife day tours.


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