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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 golden eagle.
    A golden eagle
  • Close up shot of puffins on the Pentland Skerries
    Puffins on the Pentland Skerries
  • A close up of a red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
    A red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
  • Seals in Loch Flodabay, Isle of Harris
    Seals in Loch Flodabay, Isle of Harris

Whether on a mountain or hill, in a glen, forest or along the shoreline, there’s a wealth of wildlife experiences to be had in Scotland. With such an array of diverse animals, including some of the most rare and endangered species on the British Isles, Scotland promises unforgettable encounters with wildlife.

Scotland’s regions vary greatly and it’s this diversity that attracts many different species to make Scotland their home. Along thousands of miles of coastline, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and otters in quiet inlets, beaches and sea lochs.

Often spotted off the coast of Scotland’s many islands, orca and minke whales make an appearance in sight of the shore or if not, draw up close next to boats on wildlife cruises.  On just such a cruise, there are few natural sights more impressive than watching tens of thousands of seabirds congregating on sheer sea cliffs from below.

In dense forests, you may have to seek the helping hand of a knowledgeable, professional guide to find elusive mammals like pine martens. Birdlife is truly abundant across the rugged Scottish landscapes from wild fowl in wetland reserves to waders at the coast. In some cases, you'll have to crane your neck skywards to catch a glimpse of some of Scotland's majestic hunters; from ospreys to red kites and golden eagles to sea eagles.

With each new season brings a new incomparable sight, from red deer stags locking antlers in the annual autumnal rut or the arrival of pink-footed geese in the winter, migrating from the colder tundra landscapes of Greenland and Iceland.

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  1. Scottish Deer Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cupar

    See 14 species of deer from around the world at the Scottish Deer Centre, a unique wildlife park in Fife.

  2. Bankhead Moss

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    The Howe of Fife

    Bankhead Moss is a small raised bog near St Andrews and is one of the last surviving peatlands in the area.

  3. Gradings

    Banff

    This five miles long walk stretches from the Whitehills Harbour to Banff Harbour and follows a lovely coastal path renowned for its seabirds and seals.

  4. Tour Orkney

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Tour Orkney

  5. Black Isle Wildlife And Country Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    North Kessock

    Meet the animals at the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park.

  6. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    New Abbey

    This spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve of the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust is situated on the north Solway Coast.

  7. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    One of the few water-powered sawmills in Scotland - and possibly the only one still in working condition - the Kirkdale sawmill is driven by an overshot 19th century water-wheel.

  8. Cairnsmore of Fleet

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Cairnsmore may be one of the wildest places in southwest Scotland but it is surprisingly accessible and is a paradise for walkers.

  9. Gradings

    Tobermory & North Mull

    Welcome to Tobermory Marine Exhibition. We have a huge variety of exhibits and interactive displays. We offer a variety of events, including harbour tours, touch pool sessions, family activities and more.

  10. 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.

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