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  • Seagulls surrounding and covering the Bass Rock, East Lothian
    Bass Rock
  • A family at the edge of the loch at Beecraigs Country Park, near Linlithgow
    The loch at Beecraigs Country Park, near Linlithgow, West Lothian
  • A butterfly lands on a white flower at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
    Butterfly
  • A boy enjoying a zoo-keeping experience with ring-tailed lemurs at the Five Sisters Zoo
    Lemurs at the Five Sister's Zoo

Discover the variety of wildlife in Edinburgh & The Lothians with a range of exciting attractions for you to visit.

City attractions

In Edinburgh itself, stroll through the world-famous Royal Botanic Garden where you can find many unusual and beautiful plants from around the world and a wide range of urban wildlife. Or visit the picturesque Water of Leith where you can spot a raft of native species of bird including the sparrow hawk and grey heron along its 12 miles of footpath. You can access the Water of Leith in many places such as near the Lanark Road or close to the city centre at Dean Village and Stockbridge.

Also in the city, hidden behind the slopes of Arthur's Seat, Duddingston Loch is a surprising, scenic oasis of nature within the city limits that's home to many species of breeding wildfowl.

The Lothians

There's a good scattering of country parks across the Lothians. Check them out to get the benefit of advice or guided tours from the knowledgeable countryside rangers. One of the most popular in East Lothian, John Muir Country Park, covers much of the scenic area of Tyninghame Bay, close to Dunbar.  The park's nature trail along the coastal grassland and cliffs provides access to many square miles of saltmarsh, shore and woodlands, and is very popular with birdwatchers, dog walkers and anyone who loves getting out in the great outdoors.

The East Lothian coast is also one of the best areas in Scotland to see seabirds, particularly at one of the region’s top attractions, the fantastic and informative Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick. You can view a huge number of puffins, guilliemots and other species offshore on the Bass Rock and the Isle of May, thanks to live video feeds in the Centre.

Zoos and other captive species attractions

For more exotic species, be sure to check out the world-famous Edinburgh Zoo with its equally world-famous pandas, Gorgie City Farm, West Calder's Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian and the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World at Lasswade in Midlothian.

Browse the listings to plan your trip to Edinburgh & The Lothians wildlife attractions today.

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  1. Erraid Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Erraid Wood is a small woodland on the slopes of the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh.

  2. Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Dalkeith

    Visit the world's longest running indoor butterfly house with hundreds of free flying exotic butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest. Daily animal handling and feeding sessions. Open all year, 7 days a week. Jungle Gift Shop. Free Parking.

  3. Blawhorn Moss

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    West Lothian

    An oasis of open windswept moors hidden in the lowlands, Blawhorn is a site full of secrets.

  4. Red Moss Of Balerno

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Penicuik

    The Red Moss of Balerno is one of only twenty raised peat bogs still surviving in the Lothians.

  5. Almond Valley Heritage Centre

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Livingston

    Friendly farm animals, play areas, green spaces and an innovative museum packed full of things to prod, sniff, shake and discover.

  6. Flotterstone Information Centre

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Penicuik

    Flotterstone Information Centre provides information and leaflets on what to do and see in the Regional Park including a 75 space public car park with 3 disabled parking bays available for blue badge holders and public toilets.

  7. East Links Family Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dunbar

    East Links Family Park is a family attraction offering a train safari where you can feed the farm animals, as well as pony rides and small animal handling.

  8. Scottish Owl Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    Whitburn

    Discover one of the largest collections of owls in the world from the giant Siberian Eagle Owl to the tiny Pygmy Owl. With awesome flying displays, a giant chute and an interactive education area, it's a great day out for all the family.

  9. Edinburgh Zoo

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    The wildest visitor attraction in Scotland. Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from around the world and home to the UK's only giant pandas and koalas.

  10. 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.

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