Responsible wildlife watching in Scotland

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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.

  • Wildlife watching trip on the Isle of Mull
    Wildlife watching trip on the Isle of Mull
  • Wildlife photography at the beach at Liniclate, Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
    Wildlife photography at the beach at Liniclate, Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
  • A man watching wildlife above the Montrose Basin, Angus
    Wildlife watching above the Montrose Basin, Angus
  • Wildlife watching at Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
    Wildlife watching at Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
  • Photographers on a wildlife boat trip to the Island of Noss and Bress, Shetland
    Photographers on a wildlife boat trip to the Island of Noss and Bress, Shetland

With stunning natural scenery and some of the best access laws in the world, Scotland is an ideal destination for spotting wildlife and exploring the great outdoors.

While watching and recording wildlife is a popular activity, everyone should be aware of how to act responsibly around wildlife so they minimise any disturbance that may be caused. This will allow everyone to enjoy Scotland's natural wonders for many years to come.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

To help you access the countryside safely and responsibly follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It gives practical advice and guidance so we can all play our part in preserving Scotland’s stunning landscapes for years to come.

The code is based on three principles; to take responsibility for your own actions, respect the interests of others and care for the environment which will all aid in wildlife conservation.

Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code

Whether you are on the shore or at sea, the Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code is designed for all those who take pleasure in watching marine wildlife around Scotland. It is not a law or regulation, its over-riding purpose is to raise awareness and offer practical guidance to all who want to enjoy Scotland’s amazing marine wildlife. It will:

• Help you to enjoy watching marine wildlife.
• Improve your chance of seeing wildlife.
• Help minimise disturbance to marine wildlife.
• Provide a standard for the wildlife watching industry.
• Help you to stay within the law.

Scottish Mountaineering Council guidelines

The rugged mountains and enlightened access rights make Scotland a special place for wildlife watching and adventurous pursuits such as hill walking and climbing.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland guidelines (MCofS) provide information for your enjoyment and safety when out on the Scottish hills. They are designed to help all levels of activity from inexperienced and regular summer hillwalkers to winter climbing and alpine mountaineering.

Wild Scotland Best Practice Guidelines

Wild Scotland is an association of wildlife tourism operators who are passionate about Scotland's natural heritage. Members aim to provide the very best wildlife watching in Scotland through a responsible attitude to the environment, your safety and enjoyment.

The Wild Scotland Best Practice Guidelines provides general advice to people so they can enjoy wildlife and it complements existing codes of conduct for specific activities and species.

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