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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. Contours Walking Holidays

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Self-guided walking holidays and short breaks throughout Scotland.

  2. Tour Skye Ltd

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Portree

    At Tour Skye we offer day trips and bespoke private tours of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We are based on the stunning Isle of Skye and offer complete travel packages from all of Scotland’s major airports, ports and cities.

  3. Tollie Red Kites - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dingwall Area

    Welcome to Tollie Red Kites. Your chance to get close to one of the area's most iconic birds.

  4. Explore Bute with WildBute.com

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

    Gradings

    Rothesay

    Fàilte gu an t-Eilean Bhòid... Welcome to Bute! WildBute.com offers Day Trip Excursions, Guided Tours, Short Break Activity Holidays and Specialist Wildlife Vacations on the Beautiful Isle of Bute, Scotland.

  5. Dalscone Farm Fun

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 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.

  6. North Hill Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Papa Westray

    Welcome to North Hill Nature Reserve.

  7. Hike Scotland

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

    Premier guided Scottish hillwalking tours.

  8. Gradings

    Dunoon

    Departing from Blairmore Pier, near Dunoon, this is a spectacular 2 hour West Coast Fjord-land tour, exploring the sheltered waters of Loch Long and Loch Goil.

  9. Ocean Explorer Centre

    Type

    Marine Life Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Oban

    Welcome to the new Ocean Explorer Centre! Let us take you on a journey of discovery into the sea to explore why author Arthur C Clark once said: 'How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.'

  10. Gradings

    Ullapool

    Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls Of Measach are a spectacular mile-long gorge and waterfall.

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