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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. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Nocturnal Wildlife Tours offer visitors a unique experience, allow them to see wildlife in a way they have never experienced before, using the latest thermal imaging cameras. We also offer wildlife day tours.

  2. Scottish Wildlife Trust Headquarters

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Manages over 125 Wildlife reserves throughout Scotland.

  3. Gradings

    Craignure & South Mull

  4. West Island Way

    Type

    Wildlife & Nature walks

    Gradings

    Bute

  5. Unicorn Tours

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Alloa

    50+ spectacular personalised, flexible small group adventure tours & routes all over Scotland, including off-the beaten track to many of the best and most stunning locations. You find our available dates on our website facebook link.

  6. Hospitality Plus Scotland

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

    Welcome to Hospitality Plus Scotland

  7. Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

  8. The Flows

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Melvich

    The Flows is a peat bog and National Nature Reserve managed by the RSPB.

  9. Caithness Wildlife Tours

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    Discover the hidden wildlife in Scotland's far north on a tailor-made wildlife tour or guided walk. We offer wildlife watching and walking in small groups to ensure a memorable experience. Spend a couple of hours or a whole day with us.

  10. Sealife Adventures

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Oban

    Experience a whale and wildlife watching boat trip around the Firth of Lorne Special Area of Conservation, including the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool. Cruises depart from the mainland near Oban - All ages welcome!

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