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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. Ness Bus

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Scotland's ONLY Loch Ness, Highlands & Whisky tour...join Ness Bus for a MONSTER day out!

  2. Knockan Crag

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ullapool

    Knockan Crag is a series of cliffs designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  3. Argaty Red Kites

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Doune

    Absent in Scotland’s skies for over a century, red kites are slowly making a comeback thanks to an exciting project to re-introduce them.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Skye & Lochalsh

    Join us on a multi day tour of Skye and Lochalsh. We offer a small group tour service allowing you to experience the delights of the area often missed with larger coaches. There is no other way to discover Skye.

  5. Gradings

    Fochabers

    Quarrelwood commands a hilltop position overlooking Elgin, the Moray Firth and the surrounding countryside.

  6. Macduff Marine Aquarium

    Type

    Marine Life Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

    On the beautiful Moray Firth coast, this fascinating aquarium features hundreds of local sea creatures from the rocky shores to the kelp reefs and beyond.

  7. Gradings

    Fochabers

    A beautiful pine forest.

  8. Scot Mountain Holidays

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Boat of Garten

    Departure guarantee on all our guided tours, plus single occupancy for solo travelers at no additional cost (for Cairngorms National Park holidays). Guided hiking vacations in the Cairngorms National Park and across the Highlands - our speciality.

  9. Ridgway Adventure

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Rhiconich

    A timeless and truly wild natural environment where mountains rise majestically from intricate coves and bays of sheltered sea lochs. Join us here, a family home and Adventure School for over 40 years. Holidays and courses for many ages.

  10. MacDonald Walks

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Welcome to MacDonald Walks - for Kilts, walking with a experience either, Malt Whiskey Whisky tasting, Scottish food.

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