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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. Go to St Kilda

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Uig

    Welcome to Go to St Kilda - Day trips to St Kilda from Skye.

  2. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  3. Glenmore

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Glenmore is a National Nature Reserve run by Forestry Commission Scotland and encompasses Glenmore Forest Park.

  4. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 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.

  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Guided walking tours to Skye and Mull. Self-guided walking breaks in the beautiful Scottish Borders' countryside. We also run guided Saturday walks once a month.

  6. Westraak Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Westray

    Westraak Tours offer guided tours on the beautiful island of Westray.

  7. Gradings

    Argyll & The Isles

    About Argyll Walking Holidays offers walking holidays, hiking tours and bespoke private guided hiking trips in beautiful but undiscovered parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

  8. Loch Garten Osprey Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Nethy Bridge

    The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is the ideal spot to observe these magnificent birds.

  9. Gradings

    Dunvegan

    Take an exhilarating 25 minute boat trip to see the seal colony and observe these playful sea mammals at close quarters.

  10. Scot-Trek

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Glasgow West End

    Scot-Trek organises a series of guided walks, treks and rambles round the Scottish countryside throughout the year.

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