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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. Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Westray

    Welcome to Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve.

  2. Eyemouth Harbour Trust

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    Industrial

    Gradings

    Eyemouth

    Welcome to Eyemouth Harbour – a busy and industrious hub situated at the heart of the attractive cosmopolitan town of Eyemouth.

  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Scottish Terrier Tours offers you a great opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in Edinburgh the capital City of Scotland, our kilted guide will accompany you on your tour through its ancient cobbled streets.

  4. Dawn Star Boat Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Boat Trips allowing you to experience the World Famous Natural Harbour of Scapa Flow while learning about its History and Observing the wide range of Wildlife.

  5. Tour Hebrides

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    Welcome to Tour Hebrides

  6. Highland Safaris

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Aberfeldy

    Winner of the 'Best Visitor Experience' in Scotland combining exciting Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, inspiring walking and biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre. Indulge in our award-winning café and shop

  7. Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Creag Meagaidh at 1,128 m high is a Scottish Munro (a mountain over 3,000 ft or 914 m in height).

  8. C-N-Do Aberdeen & Grampian

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Great rolling giants of the Eastern Cairngorm mountains, the source of the majestic and endlessly scenic River Dee, provide walking opportunities of all lengths, grades and temptation.

  9. St Kilda National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Remote, spectacular, and a designated World Heritage Site, the St Kilda National Nature Reserve archipelago lies 41 miles west of Benbecula.

  10. RSPB Scotland Loch Garten Osprey Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Nethy Bridge

    The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is the ideal spot to observe these magnificent birds.

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