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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. Macduff Marine Aquarium

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    Marine Life Centres

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

    On the beautiful Moray Firth coast, this fascinating aquarium features hundreds of local sea creatures from the rocky shores to the kelp reefs and beyond.

  2. Bankhead Moss

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    The Howe of Fife

    Bankhead Moss is a small raised bog near St Andrews and is one of the last surviving peatlands in the area.

  3. RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    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.

  4. Gradings

    Benbecula

    Benbecula Freedive & Fitness: for Snorkelling, Personal Training, Fitness, Mountain Biking and Massage in the Outer Hebrides, located on the beautiful Isle of Benbecula! Please see my website for full details / reviews: www.freedive-uk.com

  5. Colin Burt Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Killin

    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. Angus Birdtours

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    Tour Guides

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    Kirriemuir

    Welcome to Angus Birdtours, THE specialist company in the region for guided birdwatching tours. Tours led by one of the most prolific bird-finders in the area. Mainly Angus/Dundee based, but also covering Fife and Perthshire.

  7. Gradings

    Lerwick

    Above water and underwater, get the best of both worlds! Join a Shetlander and a Biologist on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss to see seals, seabirds, scenery and spectacular underwater sea life. History, culture, geology, nature and more!

  8. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Walk Wild Scotland offer small group guided walking holidays on the Atlantic archipelago of the Inner Hebridean Islands.

  9. Birding Ecosse

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    Tour Operators

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    The Highlands

    Are you looking for bird watching tours in Scotland? Then welcome to Birding Ecosse the friendly, born and bred Scottish tour guide, offering fully guided birding tours tailor made for you.

  10. Scottish Marine Safari

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    Boat Tour

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    Oban

    We offer three day private charters anywhere on the Scottish Coast including the Hebridies, Orkney, Shetland and the Moray Firth.

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