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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. RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Wigtown

    One of RSPB's newest reserves, with a superb view accross the Cree Estuary to the Galloway Hills. The return of geese and waders in winter really brings the merse and coast to life. Breeding skylark and lapwing are common in summer.

  2. Loch Maree Islands

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Gairloch

    The Loch Maree Islands are a group of scattered islands on Loch Maree.

  3. 30 Second Exposure

    Type

    Photography Tour

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    Oldmeldrum

    Our photography courses, workshops and Scottish photo tours are run by photographers who have a working background in the industry. We are here to help individuals, groups and organisations learn photography in a fun and sociable manner.

  4. Quarrelwood

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

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    Fochabers

    Quarrelwood commands a hilltop position overlooking Elgin, the Moray Firth and the surrounding countryside.

  5. Highland Safaris

    Type

    Children's Attractions

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Aberfeldy

    Winner of the 'Best Visitor Experience' in Scotland combining exciting Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, inspiring walking and biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre. Indulge in our award-winning café and shop

  6. Velvet Hall Alpacas

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Innerleithen

    At last, an opportunity to walk with an Alpaca in the beautiful Tweed Valley countryside.

  7. Enjoy Mull

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Salen

    We want you to have a great experience of Mull and its wildlife. Our 9 seated mini bus is higher than a car with comfortable seats and large windows to give you good views. using our knowledge and experience we will help you enjoy Mull.

  8. St Hilda Sea Adventures

    Type

    Boat Tour

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    Dunoon

    Welcome to St Hilda Sea Adventures: St Hilda Sea Adventures provides a unique sailing holiday in the sheltered sea lochs of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland.

  9. Spirit of Adventure

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    Join us on a fully guided wildlife adventure , set amongst the most spectacular scenery in Britain. Binoculars provided. Toilets and refreshments available. Sea Eagles, Puffins, Whales, Dolphin and Seals all live and visit our local area.

  10. LA Marine

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Largs

    LA Marine provides high end, life experience trips on-board a bespoke Sealine T50, flybridge motor-yacht, Louise of Granton. The boat cruises out of the beautiful and scenic Largs marina.

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