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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. Heatherlea - wildlife tour

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

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    Nethy Bridge

    Welcome to our wildlife tour

  2. Insh Marshes Bird Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kingussie

    The Inch Marches is a large wetland area designated as a RSPB Bird Reserve.

  3. Camperdown Wildlife Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    Discover the wonderful world of animals at Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee. Highlights include European brown bears, ring-tailed lemurs, otters, snowy owls and much more......

  4. Gradings

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Wilderness Scotland is a 5 Star, award-winning adventure travel and ecotourism company specialising in walking holidays in the Highlands and Islands.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Oban

    Seafari Adventures, Oban's original VisitScotland 4* Wildlife Experience. Visit the Gulf of Corryvreckan (World's Third Largest Whirlpool). Porpoise, Dolphins, Whales, Eagles, Seals, Otter. Full commentary. Also day tours to Colonsay, Iona and Staffa

  6. Bute Forest

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Bute

    Welcome to Bute Forest, a unique area of forest on the Isle of Bute with walks for all ages.

  7. Canna

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    The most westerly of the Small Isles, Canna is 5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide.

  8. Wildlfe and Nature @ Castle Kennedy Gardens

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Stranraer

    Castle Kennedy Gardens near Stranraer create the perfect habitat for a fascinating range of species who find perfect sanctuary in the 75 acres of woodland, lochs and gardens

  9. Ben Lui

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Ben Lui is a range of mountain peaks designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  10. RSPB Loch Gruinart Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Bridgend

    Loch Gruinart Reserve and Visitor Centre is open all year round with beautiful trails and hides. Guided walks Apr-Oct. See website for details of our events. Great for corncrake, chough, deer, breeding waders, & wintering geese

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