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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. Argaty Red Kites

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Doune

    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.

  2. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  3. Hermaness National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Overlooking Muckle Flugga, Britain's most northerly point, the Hermaness National Nature Reserve provides a haven for thousands of seabirds.

  4. Glen Affric

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Cannich

    A magical mix of native pinewoods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland.

  5. Tour Skye

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    Portree

    Welcome to Tour Skye

  6. Orkney Archaeology Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Birsay

    Orkney Archaeology Tours - for your perfect Orkney holiday. All-inclusive small group holidays & private tours led by archaeologists. Friendly, fun & informative tours with a maximum of 8 participants, based at a comfortable seafront hotel.

  7. Highland Safaris

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Aberfeldy

    Winner of the 'Best Visitor Experience' in Scotland combining exciting Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, inspiring walking and biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre. Indulge in our award-winning café and shop

  8. Highland & Rare Breeds Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    Fort Augustus

    See traditional Highland farm animals at Highland & Rare Breeds Park.

  9. Scottish Terrier Tours

    Type

    Chauffeur Tour

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Wemyss Bay

    Welcome to Scottish Terrier Tours. we are a bespoke luxury tour company in Scotland taking up to 6 people, larger groups can be accommodated. We are child friendly and have car seats and boosters, water, snacks and activity packs for your wee ones..

  10. North West Highlands Geopark

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    North Highlands

    Explore deep-time, evoke a sense of place, encourage stewardship.

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