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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. Seatrek

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Uig - Lewis

    Seatrek offers boat trips along the spectacular coast of Uig and beyond.

  2. Staffa Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Don't miss this chance to see Iona, Fingal’s Cave and Staffa in one day with Staffa Trips.

  3. Explorer

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Gardenstown

    Sightseeing trips to RSPB Troup Head Nature Reserve. Fishing trips also available.

  4. Uniquely Scotland

    Type

    Self Drive

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Uniquely Scotland is a bespoke tour operator providing our clients with top quality, tailor-made, self-drive holiday packages around Scotland.

  5. Diver's Eye Boat Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Skye & Lochalsh

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

  6. moraydolphins.co.uk

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Elgin

    Welcome to moraydolphins.co.uk (info for VS: an online guide produced by Strego Marketing)

  7. Gradings

    Mull

    Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions is the longest established land based operation of its kind in Scotland.

  8. Gradings

    South Ronaldsay

    Why not join one of our daily boat trips when you visit Orkney? Leaving from Burwick Harbour, South Ronaldsay, the trip will incorporate a tour around some of the islands.

  9. J Charters

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Boat tours from Stromness - we'll take you to see the Old Man of Hoy, or sea angling, bird watching or trout fishing.

  10. Gradings

    South Queensferry

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