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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. Orcadian Wildlife


    Tour Guides


    South Ronaldsay

    Orcadian Wildlife offers tailor-made wildlife and archaeology tours to small groups of people up to a maximum of eight guests.

  2. Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours


    Wildlife Tour



    If you have ever wanted to see a Golden Eagle cruising a mountain ridge or an Otter hunting the shoreline, then you have an excellent chance of making your dream come true on one of our day tours around the dramatic Isle of Skye.

  3. RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Find out about the local birds and wildlife at the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  4. Orkney Tailor-Made Tours


    Tour Operators



    Welcome to Orkney Tailor-Made Tours We build our tours round your interests.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Join us on a tour of Aviemore and the Cairngorms. We offer a small group tour service allowing you to experience the delights of the area as well as Aviemore, Boat of Garten and the many whisky distilleries.

  6. Gradings


    Scottish Whisky Regions Tour. This 6 day tour includes visits to our 4 main whisky regions – the Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside and the Islands, and covers some of the most dramatic scenery Scotland has to offer.

  7. Geopark Shetland


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    From exploring an extinct volcano to walking across shifting sands, experience the variety of geology in Geopark Shetland.

  8. Gradings

    Tobermory & North Mull

    chance to immerse yourself in the fabulously variant fauna and flora of the Isle of Mull and enjoy wonderful opportunities to see the wide variety of wildlife found on this beautiful island. Includes a day's whale-watching, where you'll have the ch

  9. RSPB Scotland Balranald nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Outer Hebrides

    Balranald RSPB is a beautiful Hebridean reserve which has sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand dunes.

  10. 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.


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