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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. RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Lochwinnoch

    This wetland reserve is ideal for all the family as the trails, birdwatching hides and visitor centre are all easily accessible.

  2. Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcudbright

    Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park has a fantastic collection of native and exotic animals amongst 27 acres of mixed woodland.

  3. Gradings

    Orkney

    Take the ‘Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Isles’ tour with Wilderness Scotland.

  4. Invereshie & Inshriach

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Feshiebridge

    Invereshie & Inshriach Invereshie is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

  5. Loch Of Lintrathen

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kirriemuir

    This stunning inland loch is set among the foothills of the Braes of Angus and close to the fertile farmlands of Strathmore.

  6. 30 Second Exposure

    Type

    Photography Tour

    Gradings

    Oldmeldrum

    Our photography courses, workshops and Scottish photo tours are run by photographers who have a working background in the industry. We are here to help individuals, groups and organisations learn photography in a fun and sociable manner.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Ruta Escocia

    Type

    Historical Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Ruta Escocia

  10. RSPB Scotland Sumburgh Head

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    South Mainland

    Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of mainland Shetland with the majestic 100 metre cliffs offering a fantastic, unobstructed view of the seabird colonies and marine life surrounding it.

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