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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 wildlife boat trip, Noss
    A wildlife boat trip, Noss
  • The boat to Anstruther, East Neuk, Fife
    Boat to Anstruther
  • A dolphin leaps out of the sea
    A breaching dolphin
  • An adventure boat ride to experience the Corryvreckan Whirlpool
    Whirlpool Expedition, Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Get closer to wildlife than you ever imagined on a boat charter or wildlife cruise in Scotland. With thousands of miles of coastline, including rugged sheer cliffs and pristine beaches, as well as over 700 islands, Scotland is one of the best places in the UK to get up close and personal with aquatic wildlife.

The experience of spotting wildlife offshore in Scotland is second to none.  You'll be addicted to the rush of seeing your first pod of dolphins breaking the surface of the water just yards from the side of the boat. In certain parts of Scotland, particularly the northern isles of Orkney and Shetland, sightings of a variety of whales are becoming more and more frequent, their epic tail fins rising up and slipping beneath the waves. Minke and orca are the most commonly sighted, but sperm, blue and pilot whales have also made an appearance in Scottish waters. Expect to spy seals or porpoises too.

As well as skimming the waters out to sea, boat tours often draw up close to cliff faces and bob in the swell below enormous seabird colonies. These cities are a hive of activity, with thousands of birds, including puffins, fulmars, gannets and more, nesting in the crags or swooping and diving to feed in the waters below.

For your exciting chance to have a more personal wildlife experience, browse the listings to plan a cruise in Scotland today.

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  1. Sea Harris

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Experience the beauty and serenity of the St Kilda, the Shiants and other Hebridean isles on boat trip with Sea Harris.

  2. Big Sky Scotland

    Type

    Food & Drink Tour

    Gradings

    Freuchie

    From history tours to playing a round of golf at St Andrews, Big Sky Scotland’s luxury Scottish experiences are built around you.

  3. SS Sir Walter Scott

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Callander

    Take in the view and enjoy the special experience of a cruise on board the famous Sir Walter Scott, sailing Loch Katrine since 1900.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Lerwick

    The catamaran provides the perfect stable platform to see Shetland's fantastic wild life, breathtaking cliffs and coastline.

  5. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Take a tour of Orkney with a specialist qualified Orkney Guide - our members include archaeologists, farmers, folklorists, historians, marine biologists, storytellers, teachers and more. Whatever your interests we have a guide for you!

  6. Guide Charter & Cruises

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Banff

    Guide Charters & Cruises offers a unique opportunity to discover the amazing coast of Banffshire or the Moray Firth and beyond on their tailor-made boat trips.

  7. Great Orkney Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Tankerness

    You want to see Orkney but don’t want to be lost in a crowd of other tourists: then a personal tour is just what you’re looking for

  8. Lady Anne Boat Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Grimsay

    Welcome to Lady Anne Boat Trips

  9. The Majestic Line

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Escape to another world with the Majestic Line: cruise the beautiful coastline and islands of Argyll and the Hebrides.

  10. Tour Orkney

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Tour Orkney

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