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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. Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading


    Welcome to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (The Galson Estate Trust)

  2. Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve.

  3. Shian Wood


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    East Lochaber

    Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland

  4. Tollie Red Kites - RSPB


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dingwall Area

    Welcome to Tollie Red Kites. Your chance to get close to one of the area's most iconic birds.

  5. Hospitality Plus Scotland


    Tour Guides



    Welcome to Hospitality Plus Scotland

  6. Crannog Cruises


    Boat Tour


    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Fort William

  7. Gradings


    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!

  8. Glen Tanar


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  9. Rob Roy Tours Ltd


    Hiking Tour


    North Berwick

    Walking and Cultural Tours in Scotland - ENGLISH und DEUTSCHsprachig - have fun and make friends while discovering the Highlands, Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland, their people, history, culture and wildlife.

  10. Bennachie Visitor Centre


    Historic Sites



    Welcome to the Bennachie Centre, we hope you enjoy your visit. Hear tales of giants, learn more about the forest and the hill or just enjoy a welcome cup of tea.


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