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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. Skye Island Tours

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    Tour Guides

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    Kyleakin

    SKYE ISLAND TOURS – Small-group tours to the Isle of Skye from Scottish cities and Day tours starting from South Skye.

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    Gairloch

    Welcome to Walking and Wildlife Adventures. Join our expert guides ; sea kayaking (seals, otters & seabirds), mountain walking or wildlife tours (Sea & Golden Eagles) in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. Come and explore the secrets of Scotland.

  3. Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours

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    Wildlife Tour

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    Portree

    If you have ever wanted to see a Golden Eagle cruising a mountain ridge or an Otter hunting the shoreline, then you have an excellent chance of making your dream come true on one of our day tours around the dramatic Isle of Skye.

  4. Speyside Tours

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    Whisky Tour

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    Dufftown

    Get off the tourist track! Discover the Malt Whisky Capital of the World - with a local! The renowned Dufftown Distilleries Walk is a relaxed walking tour around the past and present distillery sites of Dufftown- includes tastings!

  5. Bennachie Visitor Centre

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    Historic Sites

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    Inverurie

    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.

  6. GoForth Tours

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    Tour Operators

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    North Berwick

    Welcome to Go Forth Tours. We take a very comfortable vehicle and chauffeur you around the secrets around North Berwick, jewel of Edinburgh's Golf Coast in Scotland.

  7. RSPB Scotland Loch Gruinart nature reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Bridgend

    RSPB Scotland Loch Gruinart reserve and visitor centre is open all year round with beautiful trails and hides and is great for corncrake, chough, deer, breeding waders, & wintering geese.

  8. Gradings

    Mull

    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.

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Bonnyrigg

    Welcome to Dalhousie Castle Falconry! Join us for an exciting day of flying beautiful birds or prey to your gloved hand, or why not test your skills with some archery with recurve bows? Packages available for adults and children.

  10. Highland Wildlife Park

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kincraig

    Experience Scottish wildlife and see endangered animals of the world's mountain and tundra regions in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.

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