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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. Gradings

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Scottish Terrier Tours offers you a great opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in Edinburgh the capital City of Scotland, our kilted guide will accompany you on your tour through its ancient cobbled streets.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Join us on a tour of Aviemore and the Cairngorms. We offer a small group tour service allowing you to experience the delights of the area as well as Aviemore, Boat of Garten and the many whisky distilleries.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

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

  4. Orcadian Wildlife


    Tour Guides


    South Ronaldsay

    Orcadian Wildlife offers tailor-made wildlife and archaeology tours to small groups of people up to a maximum of eight guests.

  5. Colin Burt Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    A wildlife reserve where you can enjoy the outdoors and learn about the local wildlife living on the reserve. Enjoy walks through the woodland, over the wetland on a board walk or around the open field whilst enjoying the views.

  6. Craigower


    Nature Centres & Reserves



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

  7. Gradings


    Welcome to Isle of May Boat Trips a thrilling fast boat excursion to and around the Isle Of May at the mouth of the Firth of Forth to view stunning scenery, seals, seabirds (including the puffins) and dolphins if we are lucky.

  8. Stirling en Espanol


    Historical Tour



    Stirling en espanol is a flexible tour project entirely in Spanish language. Our guides are academic staff (Scottish history and Literature) with proven track record experience in the field. Tailor-made tours for Spanish speakers.

  9. Moine Mhòr


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Moine Mhor is a nature reserve with a mixture of mossy hummocks and open pools rising in a shallow, peaty dome.

  10. Loch Druidibeg


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Uncover stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife at Loch Druidibeg, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on South Uist.


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