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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

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Be a part of it and join a multi-award winning small group tour. Tour from 1-17 days throughout Scotland. Our friendly guides and small groups of 16 people maximum ensure an excellent customer experience. Guaranteed departures all year.

  2. Skye Guides Ltd

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    Hiking Tour

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    Cuillins & central Skye

    Expert local guiding and instruction is available for all mountaineering pursuits: Skye scrambles, Skye Munros, Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Abseiling, Ice climbing, Alpine training courses. All safety equipment is provided.

  3. North Hill Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Papa Westray

    Welcome to North Hill Nature Reserve.

  4. Loch Leven Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kinross

    Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.

  5. Galloway Kite Trail

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Castle Douglas

    The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).

  6. The View & Co

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Appin

    Welcome to The View & Co overlooking Castle Stalker. Cafe & gift shop with panoramic views as well as our newly-opened wildlife hub where you can enjoy nest cameras and our highly-acclaimed Argyll wildlife film "In the View of Eagles"

  7. Gradings

    Fochabers

    Quarrelwood commands a hilltop position overlooking Elgin, the Moray Firth and the surrounding countryside.

  8. Island Cruising

    Type

    Boat Tour

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    Uig - Lewis

    Experience an unforgettable cruise around the remote islands of the Hebrides aboard the well-equipped vessel, the MV Cuma, with Island Cruising.

  9. Highland & Rare Breeds Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Fort Augustus

    See traditional Highland farm animals at Highland & Rare Breeds Park.

  10. Aigas Field Centre

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

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    Beauly

    Welcome to Aigas Field Centre - awarded 'Best Nature Based Experience' by Visit Scotland. Learning holidays at Aigas are a unique and unforgettable experience for anybody who wants to learn more about Scotland's superb natural history.

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