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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. Craigower

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Craigower is a 4.5 hectare hilltop with open heathland and scattered Scots pines. It is a locally important site for butterflies.

  2. 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.

  3. Moine Mhòr

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Crinan

    Moine Mhor is a nature reserve with a mixture of mossy hummocks and open pools rising in a shallow, peaty dome.

  4. Rassal Ashwood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kishorn

    Rassal Ashwood is a woodland which grows on a rare outcrop of limestone in Wester Ross.

  5. Beecraigs Animal Attraction

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Linlithgow

    Welcome to Beecraigs Animal Attraction

  6. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Guided walking tours to Skye and Mull. Self-guided walking breaks in the beautiful Scottish Borders' countryside. We also run guided Saturday walks once a month.

  7. Gradings

    Tobermory & North Mull

    chance to immerse yourself in the fabulously variant fauna and flora of the Isle of Mull and enjoy wonderful opportunities to see the wide variety of wildlife found on this beautiful island. Includes a day's whale-watching, where you'll have the ch

  8. Glen Roy

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glen Spean and the Great Glen area

    Glen Roy is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

  9. TRIAN Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Bonar Bridge

    Welcome to TRIAN Tours

  10. Absolute Escapes Ltd

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Absolute Escapes is a leading specialist in self-guided walking holidays in Scotland. We offer packages on some of the most spectacular long distance trails in the world as well as centre based walking holidays in the majestic Highlands of Scotland.

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