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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. Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    Gemini Explorer offers boat cruises around the stunning Moray Firth passing the picturesque towns and variety of wildlife.

  2. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Ballater

    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  3. River Ayr Way

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

    Gradings

    Muirkirk

    Scotland's first source-to-sea path network is now open! This much-anticipated route has been under construction for two years as part of East Ayrshire Council's Coalfield Access Project which is a £2.

  4. Deeside Safaris

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Logie Coldstone

    This family-run provider with many years of experience offers guided hiking and walking holidays in Scotland and specializes in outdoor activities.

  5. Glasdrum Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Glasdrum Wood is a wild woodland on the shores of Loch Creran.

  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. Glen Donich Forest Walk

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

    Gradings

    Lochgoilhead

    Two mile forest walk from the village, with the option of continuing on hill paths to Coilessan Glen or Glen Croe.

  8. Hidden Hebrides

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Gradings

    Lewis

    Hidden Hebrides is a small island based company offering unforgettable guided walking holidays and day tours on the islands of Lewis & Harris.

  9. 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.

  10. Angus Birdtours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirriemuir

    Welcome to Angus Birdtours, THE specialist company in the region for guided birdwatching tours. Tours led by one of the most prolific bird-finders in the area. Mainly Angus/Dundee based, but also covering Fife and Perthshire.

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