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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. Arbroath Sea Safari

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Arbroath

    Welcome to Arbroath Sea Safari. Choose from our 1 hour or 2 hour boat tours exploring the Arbroath coastline and Bell Rock Lighthouse situated on the Inchcape Reef. The Boat Our boat is a custom built 10m RIB, capable of tacking all weathers

  2. Argyll Sea Tours

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Oban

    Sea and wildlife tours from Oban on board MV Creagallan. Relax and enjoy the scenery and keep an eye out for wildlife.

  3. Orkney Archaeology Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Birsay

    Orkney Archaeology Tours - for your perfect Orkney holiday. All-inclusive small group holidays & private tours led by archaeologists. Friendly, fun & informative tours with a maximum of 8 participants, based at a comfortable seafront hotel.

  4. Island Cruising

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Uig - Lewis

    Experience an unforgettable cruise around the remote islands of the Hebrides aboard the well-equipped vessel, the MV Cuma, with Island Cruising.

  5. Highland Safaris

    Type

    Off-Road Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Aberfeldy

    Winner of the `Best Visitor Experience in Scotland', enjoy Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, walking and Biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre or relax and enjoy our award-winning cafe and shop.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Gairloch

    Unique to Gairloch 'Sealife' Glass Bottom Boat, the only cruise to combine looking below the waves while enjoying the magnificent wildlife and birdlife of Gairloch Bay.

  7. Bella Jane Boat Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Elgol

    Experience the Unforgettable on the Isle of Skye - Spectacular Wildlife and Sightseeing tours to stunning Loch Coruisk and the seal colony in the heart of the dramatic Cuillin Mountains.

  8. Diver's Eye Boat Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Waternish

    Let us welcome you aboard for a 'Seaskye Adventure' in the captivating North West coast of Skye.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Scottish Terrier Tours offers you a great opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in Edinburgh the capital City of Scotland, our kilted guide will accompany you on your tour through its ancient cobbled streets.

  10. Drams Scotland

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    We can help make your time in Scotland exceptional. Drams Scotland is a small family business offering private guided tours of Scotland, from day trips to as-many-day-as-you-like trips.

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