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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. Solway Tours


    Historical Tour


    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour


    Welcome to Solway Tours- Guided Historic Tours specialising in South West Scotland and beyond. We offer full day, half day and multi day tours covering some amazing historic sites and fantastic Scottish scenery. Personalised, bespoke tours.

  2. World of Wings


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Come and enjoy the largest collection of Birds of Prey in Scotland

  3. DL Tours


    Chauffeur Tour



    DL Tours Scotland tours is a unique travel agency based in Central Scotland. Known for its customised, luxurious travel packages that never disappoint, DL Tours will help you plan an unforgettable vacation. Wheelchair Friendly!

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience


    Wild and scenic tours of the Moray Firth coastline and it's abundant wildlife- just bring your sense of adventure!

  5. RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  6. Mill Dam Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Mill Dam Nature Reserve.

  7. Gradings

    Craignure & South Mull

    This 5 day itinerary is perfect for foodies who want to experience Scotland’s natural larder and taste some delicious local food and drink, taking you through stunning Highland scenery and over to Scotland’s wild and rugged west coast.

  8. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  9. Gradings


    Take an exhilarating 25 minute boat trip to see the seal colony and observe these playful sea mammals at close quarters.

  10. Gradings


    Welcome to Isle of May Boat Trips a thrilling fast boat excursion to and around the Isle Of May at the mouth of the Firth of Forth to view stunning scenery, seals, seabirds (including the puffins) and dolphins if we are lucky.


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