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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. Bucinch & Ceardach

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Luss

    Two small uninhabited islands, between Luss and Balmaha, in Loch Lomond.

  2. Kirkconnell Flow

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    This National Nature Reserve is a classic example of an ancient raised bog and is one of the most threatened habitats in the world.

  3. Arbroath Sea Safari

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Arbroath

    Welcome to Arbroath Sea Safari. Choose from our 1 hour or 2 hour boat tours exploring the Arbroath coastline and Bell Rock Lighthouse situated on the Inchcape Reef. The Boat Our boat is a custom built 10m RIB, capable of tacking all weathers

  4. Dalscone Farm Fun

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dumfries

    With its fantastic purpose-built indoor play area for children up to 11 plus its excellent cafe, Dalscone Farm Fun offers a fun-packed day for all the family.

  5. Five Sisters Zoo

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    West Calder

    The role of Five Sisters Zoo is to support the welfare of all our animals and to encourage educational and fun days out for all ages - so for a day out with a difference come along and meet our fascinating collection!

  6. Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Golspie

    Loch Fleet is a reserve on a stunning coastal location where a river flows through a tidal basin.

  7. Shian Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland

  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.

  9. Gradings

    Orkney

    Orkney Aspects' tours are different to those offered by many other companies, as each tour is planned around what you wish to experience in Orkney.

  10. The Owl And Pussycat Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Peterhead

    ** MEET THE STARS ** MEET THE STARS ** We are privileged to announce the arrival of two famous residents. HARRY POTTER STARS Hedwig and Eral are now resident at the Centre and are looking forward to meeting all our visitors.

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