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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 wildlife boat trip, Noss
    A wildlife boat trip, Noss
  • The boat to Anstruther, East Neuk, Fife
    Boat to Anstruther
  • A dolphin leaps out of the sea
    A breaching dolphin
  • An adventure boat ride to experience the Corryvreckan Whirlpool
    Whirlpool Expedition, Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Get closer to wildlife than you ever imagined on a boat charter or wildlife cruise in Scotland. With thousands of miles of coastline, including rugged sheer cliffs and pristine beaches, as well as over 700 islands, Scotland is one of the best places in the UK to get up close and personal with aquatic wildlife.

The experience of spotting wildlife offshore in Scotland is second to none.  You'll be addicted to the rush of seeing your first pod of dolphins breaking the surface of the water just yards from the side of the boat. In certain parts of Scotland, particularly the northern isles of Orkney and Shetland, sightings of a variety of whales are becoming more and more frequent, their epic tail fins rising up and slipping beneath the waves. Minke and orca are the most commonly sighted, but sperm, blue and pilot whales have also made an appearance in Scottish waters. Expect to spy seals or porpoises too.

As well as skimming the waters out to sea, boat tours often draw up close to cliff faces and bob in the swell below enormous seabird colonies. These cities are a hive of activity, with thousands of birds, including puffins, fulmars, gannets and more, nesting in the crags or swooping and diving to feed in the waters below.

For your exciting chance to have a more personal wildlife experience, browse the listings to plan a cruise in Scotland today.

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  1. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Take a tour of Orkney with a specialist qualified Orkney Guide - our members include archaeologists, farmers, folklorists, historians, marine biologists, storytellers, teachers and more. Whatever your interests we have a guide for you!

  2. Glenlivet Wildlife

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Ballindalloch

    Off road Land Rover safaris in the Cairngorms National Park all year round. Discover iconic wildlife, stunning landscapes and fascinating heritage on a tour of Glenlivet Crown Estate with an expert local guide.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Callander

    Take in the view and enjoy the special experience of a cruise on board the famous Sir Walter Scott, sailing Loch Katrine since 1900.

  4. Gradings

    Luss

    Offering speedboat tours, boat hire, water sports, paddle sports, bikes, tandems, parties, weddings, days out and more on the famous waters of Loch Lomond since 2001.

  5. Wild Highland Tours

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Ardnamurchan

    A wildlife tourism company based on the Ardnamurchan peninsula offering daytime, twilight and night time tours as well as photography tours and courses, bespoke holiday and short breaks to see the spectacular scenery and wildlife.

  6. Birding Ecosse

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Are you looking for bird watching tours in Scotland? Then welcome to Birding Ecosse the friendly, born and bred Scottish tour guide, offering fully guided birding tours tailor made for you.

  7. Loch Ness by Jacobite

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Inverness

    Out on the dark waters of Loch Ness, everything seems to take on a new perspective. Surrounded by hills and with deep waters below, it's easy to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise the loch in one of our vessels.

  8. Kilda Cruises

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Tarbert - Harris

    Experience the remarkable scenery and wildlife of St Kilda and the other islands of the Outer Hebrides with Kilda Cruises.

  9. Spirit of Adventure

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    Join us on a fully guided wildlife adventure , set amongst the most spectacular scenery in Britain. Binoculars provided. Toilets and refreshments available. Sea Eagles, Puffins, Whales, Dolphin and Seals all live and visit our local area.

  10. St Hilda Sea Adventures

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Welcome to St Hilda Sea Adventures: St Hilda Sea Adventures provides a unique sailing holiday in the sheltered sea lochs of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland.

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