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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. Hidden Hebrides

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Gradings

    Lewis

    Hidden Hebrides is a small island based company offering unforgettable guided walking holidays and day tours on the islands of Lewis & Harris.

  2. The Lodge, Forest Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

    The perfect place to start your forest adventure – lots to see and do and a café with one of the best views in Scotland

  3. Brodgar Nature Reserve - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Harray

    This RSPB nature reserve beside the iconic Ring of Brodgar draws curlews, lapwings, redshanks, oystercatchers and various other birdlife.

  4. Ness Bus

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Scotland's ONLY Loch Ness, Highlands & Whisky tour...join Ness Bus for a MONSTER day out!

  5. The Owl And Pussycat Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Peterhead

    ** MEET THE STARS ** MEET THE STARS ** We are privileged to announce the arrival of two famous residents. HARRY POTTER STARS Hedwig and Eral are now resident at the Centre and are looking forward to meeting all our visitors.

  6. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  7. North Hill Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Papa Westray

    Welcome to North Hill Nature Reserve.

  8. Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Ellon

    Welcome to Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services.

  9. Wild-Spirit

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    Welcome onboard Wild-Spirit. Wildlife Watching at it's most exciting. 'Go further faster and See More' as we depart Kyle of Lochalsh in search of Whales, Dolphins, Orca, Porpoise, Seals, Sea Eagles, and Puffins. Fast, Safe and Fun.

  10. Ridgway Adventure

    Type

    Hiking Tour

    Gradings

    Rhiconich

    A timeless and truly wild natural environment where mountains rise majestically from intricate coves and bays of sheltered sea lochs. Join us here, a family home and Adventure School for over 40 years. Holidays and courses for many ages.

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