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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. Glentrool Visitor Centre & Café


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Newton Stewart

    Explore the waymarked trails, cycle routes and picnic areas by bike amidst the highest hills of South Scotland.

  2. Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    McKinlay Kidd offers award-winning, tailor-made holidays and short breaks across Scotland.

  3. Culbin Forest


    Wildlife & Nature walks



    A beautiful pine forest.

  4. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  5. Gradings


    Visit the Story of Skerryvore Lighthouse exhibition to find out how the heroic engineers and keepers built and maintained Scotland's tallest lighthouse, Skerryvore, on one of Britain's most dangerous rocks, over 10 nautical miles out to sea.

  6. Formartine & Buchan Way


    Wildlife & Nature walks



    Designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trail, this popular with walkers and cyclist path is an exciting long-distance route.

  7. Taynish


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Taynish is an ancient deciduous woodland and is one of the largest in Britain.

  8. Craignish Cruises


    Boat Tour


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Craignish Cruises offer guided Corryvreckan Whirlpool, wildlife, and whale watching boat trips on the purpose built 12 meter catamaran Sea Leopard 11

  9. Gradings


    We like to keep our tour groups small with a maximum group size of 6 people, to provide an exclusive and personal service with a relaxed and informal feel. The small groups also allow you more freedom and flexibility on your trip.

  10. Loch Lomond Shooting School, Balloch


    Clay Pigeon Shooting/Air Rifle Shooting



    Welcome to Loch Lomond Shooting School - one of the best ranges for Clay Pigeon Shooting in Scotland. We also provide air rifle, archery and crossbow activities at our new purpose built "covered" shooting range.


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