See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
A golden eagle
Puffins on the Pentland Skerries
A red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
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.
Highland Coo Guided Walks know the importance of getting out and enjoying the great outdoors. We offer packages which not only gets you out into the hills but creates an experience you will never forget.
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.
Sumburgh Head is being transformed into an amazing visitor attraction, due to open in spring 2014. Please be aware that while most of the reserve is open, there will be restrictions (particularly around the construction area and to vehicles). Please
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!