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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. Craigower

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Craigower is a 4.5 hectare hilltop with open heathland and scattered Scots pines. It is a locally important site for butterflies.

  2. Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre

    Type

    Marine Life Centres

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Balloch

    At The Loch Lomond SEA LIFE centre, dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep.

  3. Hermaness National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Overlooking Muckle Flugga, Britain's most northerly point, the Hermaness National Nature Reserve provides a haven for thousands of seabirds.

  4. Rob Roy Tours Ltd

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    North Berwick

    Walking and Cultural Tours in Scotland - ENGLISH und DEUTSCHsprachig - have fun and make friends while discovering the Highlands, Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland, their people, history, culture and wildlife.

  5. Bucinch & Ceardach

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Luss

    Two small uninhabited islands, between Luss and Balmaha, in Loch Lomond.

  6. Rhuallan Raptors

    Type

    Falconry

    Gradings

    Biggar

    Rhuallan Raptors offer a personalised falconry experience tailored to suit your needs. Whether you want to learn the intricacies of falconry, have a fun family day out, or just simply handle a raptor, we can organise it for you.

  7. Absolute Escapes Ltd

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Absolute Escapes is a leading specialist in self-guided walking holidays in Scotland. We offer packages on some of the most spectacular long distance trails in the world as well as centre based walking holidays in the majestic Highlands of Scotland.

  8. Kirkconnell Flow

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    This National Nature Reserve is a classic example of an ancient raised bog and is one of the most threatened habitats in the world.

  9. RSPB Scotland Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kirriemuir

    This shallow loch is situated in a natural basin surrounded by farmland and attracts all types of wildlife.

  10. Claish Moss Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ardnamurchan

    Claish Moss is one of the best examples in Britain of a raised bog that has evolved over the last 8,000 years.

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