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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. RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    This wetland reserve is ideal for all the family as the trails, birdwatching hides and visitor centre are all easily accessible.

  2. Canna


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Fort William & Lochaber

    The most westerly of the Small Isles, Canna is 5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide.

  3. Stirling en Espanol


    Historical Tour



    Stirling en espanol is a flexible tour project entirely in Spanish language. Our guides are academic staff (Scottish history and Literature) with proven track record experience in the field. Tailor-made tours for Spanish speakers.

  4. Orkney Uncovered


    Tour Guides



    'Orkney Uncovered' is a unique tour company offering private tours of Orkney's Wartime Defences, Stone Age Sites, Bespoke Jewellery, Wildlife and Coastal Scenery Walks.

  5. Skye Serpentarium Reptile World


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    Skye Serpentarium Reptile World is an award-winning reptile exhibition and breeding centre.

  6. Gradings

    South Ronaldsay

    Why not join one of our daily boat trips when you visit Orkney? Leaving from Burwick Harbour, South Ronaldsay, the trip will incorporate a tour around some of the islands.

  7. Glen Roy


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Glen Spean and the Great Glen area

    Glen Roy is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

  8. Western Isles Wildlife


    Wildlife Tour


    North Uist

    Bird and general wildlife tours throughout the Outer Hebrides

  9. Gradings

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Wilderness Scotland is a 5 Star, award-winning adventure travel and ecotourism company specialising in walking holidays in the Highlands and Islands.

  10. Highland Safaris


    Off-Road Tour


    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    Winner of the `Best Visitor Experience in Scotland', enjoy Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, walking and Biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre or relax and enjoy our award-winning cafe and shop.


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