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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. 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.

  2. Gradings

    Oban

    Sailing out of Dunstaffnage Marina just 5 minutes from Oban, these scheduled sailings are the best way to experience the stunning coastline of Argyll. Join us for our Dolphin, Whale & Castles Cruise or our Corryvreckan Whirlpool cruise.

  3. Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Orkney Tailor-Made Tours We build our tours round your interests.

  4. Islay Sea Adventure

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Islay

    Welcome to Islay Sea Adventure, Islay’s only 4* wildlife experience, a MUST DO whilst visiting.

  5. Hebrides Cruises

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Oban

    The hospitality onboard is all you could want with comfortable cabins, delicious food and great fellowship between guests and crew. You will relax in the friendly and informal atmosphere and unwind while we look after you

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Gradings

    Fort William

    Welcome to Caledonian Discovery Ltd

  9. Gradings

    Banff

    Welcome to North East Sea Adventures

  10. 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.

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