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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. Cragbank Woods


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Cragbank Woods boast a beautiful mix of native trees that cloak the steep gorge slopes.

  2. Escocia Tours


    Tour Guides



    Tu viaje a tu medida. A sua viagem, o seu jeito. Your travel, your way. Tours tematicos, Tours personalizados. Español, Portugués, Inglés

  3. Classic Tours Highlands


    Chauffeur Tour


    Grantown on Spey

    Classic Tours Highlands presents to you some of the most desirable British Iconic Cars from the 1950’s and 60’s.

  4. Argaty Red Kites


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience


    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.

  5. Mull Wildlife Tours


    Coach Tour


    Craignure & South Mull

    Come for a great day out with a fully licensed and insured wildlife operator, and joint founder member of The Isle of Mull Bird Club.

  6. Scot Mountain Holidays


    Hiking Tour


    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.

  7. Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour


    Guided wildlife excursions, in small, friendly groups with an experienced local nature watcher, in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

  8. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Nocturnal Wildlife Tours offer visitors a unique experience, allow them to see wildlife in a way they have never experienced before, using the latest thermal imaging cameras. We also offer wildlife day tours.

  9. Gradings


    Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions are the longest established land based operation of its kind in Scotland, Established in 1979 we have blazed the trail in eco tourism and wildlife watching.

  10. Glencripesdale


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The remote Glencripesdale on the shores of Loch Sunart combines woodland, shoreline, heaths and moorland.


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