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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. Glenloy Wildlife

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Glenloy Wildlife offers all inclusive wildlife holidays based in the Scottish Highlands. Based in Glenloy Lodge with comfortable accommodation, good food and visiting pine martens.

  2. Gradings

    Lerwick

    Above water and underwater, get the best of both worlds! Join a Shetlander and a Biologist on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss to see seals, seabirds, scenery and spectacular underwater sea life. History, culture, geology, nature and more!

  3. Gradings

    Portree

    Richard 'Paddy' McGuire offers experienced guiding on some of Scotland's finest and indeed toughest mountains.

  4. Mountain Freedom

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Cuillins & central Skye

    Welcome to Mountain Freedom. Guided adventure - Walking and hiking for all abilities, wild camping and backpacking trips. photographic, wildlife and historical themed walks. Scrambling and rock climbing. We are based on the Isle of Skye.

  5. RSPB Scotland Sumburgh Head

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    South Mainland

    Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of mainland Shetland with the majestic 100 metre cliffs offering a fantastic, unobstructed view of the seabird colonies and marine life surrounding it.

  6. Gradings

    Blair Atholl

    Explore the Ranger's waymarked trails, attend one of their nature events or visit the Information Centre to discover more about the wildlife on Atholl Estates before setting off on your own adventure.

  7. Velvet Hall Alpacas

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Innerleithen

    Welcome to Velvet Hall Alpacas

  8. Orkney Attractions

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Stromness

    As well as offering Peatfire Tales evenings, which offer an insight into Orkney Folklore, John and Lynn and now proud to offer Guided Walks through Stromness. Stromness is a waterfront town with a rich history.

  9. Crannog Cruises

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Fort William

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    Gemini Explorer offers boat cruises around the stunning Moray Firth passing the picturesque towns and variety of wildlife.

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