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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. Mull Wildlife Tours

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    Craignure & South Mull

    Come for a great day out with a fully licensed and insured wildlife operator, and joint founder member of The Isle of Mull Bird Club.

  2. Scot Mountain Holidays

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Boat of Garten

    Departure guarantee on all our guided tours, plus single occupancy for solo travelers at no additional cost (for Cairngorms National Park holidays). Guided hiking vacations in the Cairngorms National Park and across the Highlands - our speciality.

  3. Gradings

    Orkney

    Take the ‘Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Isles’ tour with Wilderness Scotland.

  4. Forsinard Nature Reserve - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    RSPB Nature Reserve at Forsinard in the Flow Country ~ wildlife trails and guided walks with birds, animals and flowers in these extensive peatlands.

  5. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  6. C-N-Do Argyll & Stirling

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Independent and guided walking holidays, tours and courses to suit most aspirations from trail walking to mountain bagging.

  7. Lower Nethan Gorge

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Carluke

    Lower Nethan Gorge is part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve and is one of the best examples of semi-natural woodland still surviving in the Clyde Valley.

  8. Gradings

    Mull

    Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions is the longest established land based operation of its kind in Scotland.

  9. Bennachie Visitor Centre

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Welcome to the Bennachie Centre, we hope you enjoy your visit. Hear tales of giants, learn more about the forest and the hill or just enjoy a welcome cup of tea.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Gairloch

    Unique to Gairloch 'Sealife' Glass Bottom Boat, the only cruise to combine looking below the waves while enjoying the magnificent wildlife and birdlife of Gairloch Bay.

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