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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

    Orkney

    Orkney Aspects' tours are different to those offered by many other companies, as each tour is planned around what you wish to experience in Orkney.

  2. 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.

  3. North Hill Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Papa Westray

    Welcome to North Hill Nature Reserve.

  4. RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A peaceful site with plenty to see at any time of year and a real treat for nature lovers.Look out for rare Greenland white-fronted geese in winter or take a stroll to our hides for a close hand views of red squirrels, ducks and other birds.

  5. River Ayr Way

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

    Gradings

    Muirkirk

    Scotland's first source-to-sea path network is now open! This much-anticipated route has been under construction for two years as part of East Ayrshire Council's Coalfield Access Project which is a £2.

  6. Visual Nature - Wild Skye

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Skye

    Welcome to Visual Nature - Wild Skye. Fantastic boat trip to see stunning wildlife and scenery. Fishing trips available as well.

  7. West Island Way

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

    Gradings

    Bute

  8. Seadrift Centre

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    Nestled on Dunnet Bay, the Seadrift Centre is the perfect place to discover and learn about the local wildlife of the Highlands.

  9. Loch Leven RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kinross

    Loch Leven RSPB is part of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. The loch is famous for its connections to Mary Queen of Scots and as Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch.

  10. Willows Animal Sanctuary

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Mintlaw

    Willows Animal Sanctuary provides a lifetime home for over 300 rescued horses and other animals.

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