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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. Highland & Rare Breeds Park


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    Fort Augustus

    See traditional Highland farm animals at Highland & Rare Breeds Park.

  2. Loch Lomond Guides


    Walking Tour



    High quality bespoke guiding services, walking and car tours, helping you discover breathtaking scenery, fascinating locations, heritage and wildlife in remote and special places few visitors see.

  3. St Andrews Aquarium


    Marine Life Centres


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    St Andrews

    Step through our doors and be transported into an underwater world of adventure and discovery. Come face to face with some of the most beautiful, fascinating and dangerous creatures of the watery worlds.

  4. Ailnack Gorge


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    At 600 ft wide, 300 ft deep and 6 miles long, the Ailnack Gorge is Scotland's largest glacial melt water channel.

  5. Walk'n Cowal


    Walking Tour



    Welcome to Walk'n Cowal. We offer worry free access and directions to some of Scotland's beautiful coastal and forest walks just over an hour from the centre of Glasgow. Please contact us for further information

  6. Aros




    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Exhibition, Cinema, Music, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Theatre, Visual Arts, Galleries, Workshops, Restaurant, Shop, Play...

  7. Scottish Terrier Tours


    Chauffeur Tour


    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Wemyss Bay

    Welcome to Scottish Terrier Tours. we are a bespoke luxury tour company in Scotland taking up to 6 people, larger groups can be accommodated. We are child friendly and have car seats and boosters, water, snacks and activity packs for your wee ones..

  8. Speyside Tours


    Whisky Tour



    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!

  9. Angus Birdtours


    Tour Guides



    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.

  10. Gradings


    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.


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