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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. Knoydart


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The Knoydart peninsula is one of the wildest parts of Scotland.

  2. Millburn Farm


    Wildlife Tour



    Farm tours of a typical Orkney family farm.

  3. Gradings


    We like to keep our tour groups small with a maximum group size of 6 people, to provide an exclusive and personal service with a relaxed and informal feel. The small groups also allow you more freedom and flexibility on your trip.

  4. Western Isles Wildlife


    Wildlife Tour


    North Uist

    Bird and general wildlife tours throughout the Outer Hebrides

  5. Isle Of Eigg


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Small Isles - Eigg, Rhum, Muck, Canna

    A lush island lying of the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, Eigg is sometimes described as ‘the emerald of the Inner Hebrides’.

  6. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Do one of the top 50 walks in Scotland - the circular 11km walk is reasonably level, with panoramic views of the Clyde. Start at Drumfrochar Station and then stop half way at the Visitor Centre for coffee and see the exhibition.

  7. Working Sheepdogs


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Participate in the working day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs.

  8. Enjoy Mull


    Wildlife Tour



    We want you to have a great experience of Mull and its wildlife. Our 9 seated mini bus is higher than a car with comfortable seats and large windows to give you good views. using our knowledge and experience we will help you enjoy Mull.

  9. Gradings


    The Highlands and Islands Fastest RIBS ...eXperience the Thrill !

  10. See Orkney Tours


    Tour Guides



    Welcome to See Orkney Tours. We are a small family tour company. We offer bespoke tours to suit your needs and wishes, taking you to sites of your choice.


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