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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. Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction


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

  2. Velvet Hall Alpacas


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre


    At last, an opportunity to walk with an Alpaca in the beautiful Tweed Valley countryside.

  3. Speyside Tours


    Whisky Tour



    Get off the tourist track! Discover the Malt Whisky Capital of the World - with a local! The renowned Dufftown Distilleries Walk is a relaxed walking tour around the past and present distillery sites of Dufftown- includes tastings!

  4. Orkney Archaeology Tours


    Tour Guides



    Orkney Archaeology Tours - for your perfect Orkney holiday. All-inclusive small group holidays & private tours led by archaeologists. Friendly, fun & informative tours with a maximum of 8 participants, based at a comfortable seafront hotel.

  5. Deep Sea World


    Marine Life Centres


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Queensferry

    Come face to face with one of Europe's largest collections of sharks in one of the world's longest underwater tunnels at Deep Sea World, Scotland's National Aquarium.

  6. Gradings


    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:

  7. Gradings


    Welcome to The Loons & Loch of Banks (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  8. Gradings

    Isle of Iona

  9. 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.

  10. Heads Of Ayr Farm Park


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Whatever the weather, there is fun for all the family at Heads of Ayr Farm Park.


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