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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. Willows Animal Sanctuary

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Mintlaw

    Willows Animal Sanctuary provides a lifetime home for over 300 rescued horses and other animals.

  2. Argyll Sea Tours

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Oban

    Sea and wildlife tours from Oban on board MV Creagallan. Relax and enjoy the scenery and keep an eye out for wildlife.

  3. Ness Bus

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Scotland's ONLY Loch Ness, Highlands & Whisky tour...join Ness Bus for a MONSTER day out!

  4. Highland Titles Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Appin

    A beautiful range of walks around our new Nature Reserve. Woodland, moorland, and mountain, and Lochans to sit by, or try the new higher level walk for spectacular views of Loch Linnhe and beyond. There is also FREE WI-FI at the Reception cabin to

  5. 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.

  6. Loch Shiel Cruises

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 3 Tour
    3 Tour

    Glenfinnan

    Unique guided cruises on beautiful Loch Shiel with local Jim Michie who provides a live commentary on all aspects of the area, while keeping a keen eye out for the resident Golden & White-Tailed Eagles, Divers, Red Deer & other Rare Wildlife.

  7. Invereshie & Inshriach

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Feshiebridge

    Invereshie & Inshriach Invereshie is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  9. Gradings

    Peebles

    Glentress Peel is located in the heart of the Tweed Valley Forest Park at Glentress.

  10. Glenmore

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Glenmore is a National Nature Reserve run by Camping in the Forest, in partnership with the Forestry commission and encompasses Glenmore Forest Park.

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