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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. See Scotland Ltd

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    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Alexandria

    See Scotland Ltd, Tailored & set Tours operate from Balloch, Loch Lomond & surrounding area, door to door service available. Mercedes Benz Viano 6 passenger leather seats, air conditioning. Scenic, historical and adventure, mild to extreme.

  2. Velvet Hall Alpacas

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Innerleithen

    Welcome to Velvet Hall Alpacas

  3. Lower Nethan Gorge

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Carluke

    Lower Nethan Gorge is part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve and is one of the best examples of semi-natural woodland still surviving in the Clyde Valley.

  4. Gradings

    Galashiels

    Stow of Wedale Geocache trail takes you on a treasure hunt around this small village in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Explore the village and uncover all the hidden stories and remember to claim your prize. Fun for all ages.

  5. Willows Animal Sanctuary

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Mintlaw

    Willows Animal Sanctuary provides a lifetime home for over 300 rescued horses and other animals.

  6. North West Cruises

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Gairloch

    North West Cruises offers boat trips around Gairloch and the beautiful Hebridean waters, with the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, basking sharks, seals and birds.

  7. Orkney Uncovered

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    'Orkney Uncovered' is a unique tour company offering private tours of Orkney's Wartime Defences, Stone Age Sites, Bespoke Jewellery, Wildlife and Coastal Scenery Walks.

  8. 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.

  9. Nature Watch Orkney

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Nature Watch Orkney

  10. Rum

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    Rum is an island of rugged mountains setting a dramatic stage for spectacular wildlife and archaeology.

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