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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. Mar Lodge Estate


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    This large estate is part of the core area of the Cairngorms, internationally recognised as the most important nature conservation landscape in the British Isles.

  2. Ferrycroft Visitor Centre


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Ferrycroft is a Tourist Information and Heritage Centre with café, shop and toilets. There are games, displays and experiences for all ages. Admission is free.

  3. Contours Walking Holidays


    Hiking Tour



    Self-guided walking holidays and short breaks throughout Scotland.

  4. Galloway Walking Holidays


    Walking Tour


    Castle Douglas

    Galloway Walking Holidays offer flexible guided and self-led walking tours and holidays throughout Dumfries & Galloway, one of Scotland’s most stunning walking regions.

  5. Trumland Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Trumland Nature Reserve.

  6. Gradings

    Blair Atholl

    Explore the Ranger's waymarked trails, attend one of their nature events or visit the Information Centre to discover more about the wildlife on Atholl Estates before setting off on your own adventure.

  7. AboveWater/UnderWater Shetland


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    Above the water AND below, get the best of both worlds! Join the most experienced Marine & Nature Guide team, Shetlander Alan Longmuir & Biologist Robbi ShoafEnge, on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss: seals, seabirds & spectacular sea life!

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


    Welcome to Dalhousie Castle Falconry! Join us for an exciting day of flying beautiful birds or prey to your gloved hand, or why not test your skills with some archery with recurve bows? Packages available for adults and children.

  9. Knockshinnoch Lagoons


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    New Cumnock

    Transformed from an industrial site, Knockshinnoch Lagoons is now an ideal spot for nature lovers.

  10. West Island Way


    Wildlife & Nature walks




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