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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. Onziebust Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Onziebust Nature Reserve.

  2. World of Wings


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Come and enjoy the largest collection of Birds of Prey in Scotland

  3. Seabirds-and-Seals


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Shetland's award winning wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick at 10am and 2pm.

  4. The Flows


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The Flows is a peat bog and National Nature Reserve managed by the RSPB.

  5. Hike Scotland


    Hiking Tour



    Premier guided Scottish hillwalking tours.

  6. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Walk Wild Scotland offer small group guided walking holidays in remote and beautiful places on the west coast of the Highlands and on the Isle of Skye.



    Tour Operators


    Menstrie provides a Luxury or Budget travel service for visitors to Scotland. This includes transport, detailed itinerary and accommodation.

  8. Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    McKinlay Kidd offers award-winning, tailor-made holidays and short breaks across Scotland.

  9. Abernethy


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Grantown on Spey

    Abernethy Forest is a remnant of the Caledonian Forest in Strathspey.

  10. Gradings


    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.


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