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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. Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Orphir

    Welcome to Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  2. Loch Maree Islands

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Gairloch

    The Loch Maree Islands are a group of scattered islands on Loch Maree.

  3. Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Ellon

    Welcome to Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services.

  4. Scottish Terrier Tours

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    Chauffeur Tour

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    Wemyss Bay

    Welcome to Scottish Terrier Tours.

  5. Insh Marshes Bird Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kingussie

    The Inch Marches is a large wetland area designated as a RSPB Bird Reserve.

  6. Eyemouth Harbour Trust

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    Industrial

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    Eyemouth

    Welcome to Eyemouth Harbour – a busy and industrious hub situated at the heart of the attractive cosmopolitan town of Eyemouth.

  7. Bird of Prey Trail

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    The Trossachs

    Covering several top wildlife watching areas, the Bird of Prey Trail in the Trossachs is a great destination for wildlife watching and outdoor pursuits.

  8. Trumland Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Rousay

    Welcome to Trumland Nature Reserve.

  9. Nature Watch Orkney

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    Tour Guides

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    Kirkwall

    Nature Watch Orkney - Personalised tours, walks, strolls or simply observing with Tim Dean, author of the Orkney Book of Birds and The Orkney Book of Wildflowers.

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    Banff

    This five miles long walk stretches from the Whitehills Harbour to Banff Harbour and follows a lovely coastal path renowned for its seabirds and seals.

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