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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. Seadrift Centre

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    Exhibitions

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    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    Nestled on Dunnet Bay, the Seadrift Centre is the perfect place to discover and learn about the local wildlife of the Highlands.

  2. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aviemore

    Craigellachie is a National Nature Reserve near Aviemore.

  3. Scot-Trek

    Type

    Hiking Tour

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    Glasgow West End

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

  4. Summerhill

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    Cycling Tour

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    Castle Douglas

    Welcome to Summerhill

  5. Rona and Sula Sgier National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lewis

    Look out for seabirds and seals at the Rona and Sula Sgeir National Nature Reserve islands in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Hoy Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Hoy

    Welcome to Hoy Nature Reserve.

  7. Mull Wildlife Tours

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    Coach Tour

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    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.

  8. Gordon Grant Marine

    Type

    Boat Tour

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    Isle of Iona

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    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.

  10. Scottish Beaver Trial

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lochgilphead

    The Scottish Beaver Trial has been responsible for reintroducing beavers 400 years after being hunted to extinction.

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