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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. Gradings

    Gairloch

    Welcome to Walking and Wildlife Adventures. Join our expert guides ; sea kayaking (seals, otters & seabirds), mountain walking or wildlife tours (Sea & Golden Eagles) in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. Come and explore the secrets of Scotland.

  2. Royal Highland Show

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    Edinburgh Airport

    World class Show of cattle, light horse and heavy horse, sheep, goats, poultry. The largest display of agricultural machinery in the UK, a Forestry arena with competitions and demonstrations, Countryside Arena and a massive Food & Drink Hall.

  3. Applegarthtown Wildlife Sanctuary

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    Lockerbie

    Applegarthtown, with its wetland habitat, is internationally recognised for its highly successful artificial sand martin nesting banks.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Scottish Terrier Tours offers you a great opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in Edinburgh the capital City of Scotland, our kilted guide will accompany you on your tour through its ancient cobbled streets.

  5. Lyontourscotland

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkmichael

    As a Blue Badge Tourist guide I am qualified to guide all over Scotland.

  6. RSPB Orkney Office

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to RSPB Orkney Office.

  7. Gradings

    Ayrshire & Arran

    Explore the West Coast of Scotland on our Unique Scottish Cruises. Visiting the inlets and islands of Wild Argyll, Arran and the Outer Hebrides with spectacular cruise itineraries ranging from 3 to 13 nights.

  8. Drams Scotland

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    We can help make your time in Scotland exceptional. Drams Scotland is a small family business offering private guided tours of Scotland, from day trips to as-many-day-as-you-like trips.

  9. Mabie Farm Park

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Dumfries

    Mabie Farm Park offers over 5,000 square feet of indoor play area and represents a fantastic day out for the whole family.

  10. Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre & Café

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    New Galloway

    Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and hills from the café or sit back for a spectacular celestial show after dark

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