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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. Isle of May


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Anchored on the edge of the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a magical mix of seabirds, seals and smugglers.

  2. Dawn Star Boat Trips


    Boat Tour



    Boat Trips allowing you to experience the World Famous Natural Harbour of Scapa Flow while learning about its History and Observing the wide range of Wildlife.

  3. LA Marine


    Boat Tour



    LA Marine provides high end, life experience trips on-board a bespoke Sealine T50, flybridge motor-yacht, Louise of Granton. The boat cruises out of the beautiful and scenic Largs marina.

  4. The Spirit of Place


    Tour Guides



    Discover the spirit of this place! Guided Tours In Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway

  5. Mountain Freedom


    Hiking Tour


    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.

  6. Moine Mhòr


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Moine Mhor is a nature reserve with a mixture of mossy hummocks and open pools rising in a shallow, peaty dome.

  7. Aigas Field Centre


    Wildlife Tour



    Welcome to Aigas Field Centre - awarded 'Best Nature Based Experience' by Visit Scotland. Learning holidays at Aigas are a unique and unforgettable experience for anybody who wants to learn more about Scotland's superb natural history.

  8. Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre & Café


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    New Galloway

    Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and hills from the café or sit back for a spectacular celestial show after dark

  9. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    St Cyrus

    The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

  10. Gradings


    Visitor centre comprising exhibition on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, geology and Highland Boundary Fault.


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