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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 wildlife boat trip, Noss
    A wildlife boat trip, Noss
  • The boat to Anstruther, East Neuk, Fife
    Boat to Anstruther
  • A dolphin leaps out of the sea
    A breaching dolphin
  • An adventure boat ride to experience the Corryvreckan Whirlpool
    Whirlpool Expedition, Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Get closer to wildlife than you ever imagined on a boat charter or wildlife cruise in Scotland. With thousands of miles of coastline, including rugged sheer cliffs and pristine beaches, as well as over 700 islands, Scotland is one of the best places in the UK to get up close and personal with aquatic wildlife.

The experience of spotting wildlife offshore in Scotland is second to none.  You'll be addicted to the rush of seeing your first pod of dolphins breaking the surface of the water just yards from the side of the boat. In certain parts of Scotland, particularly the northern isles of Orkney and Shetland, sightings of a variety of whales are becoming more and more frequent, their epic tail fins rising up and slipping beneath the waves. Minke and orca are the most commonly sighted, but sperm, blue and pilot whales have also made an appearance in Scottish waters. Expect to spy seals or porpoises too.

As well as skimming the waters out to sea, boat tours often draw up close to cliff faces and bob in the swell below enormous seabird colonies. These cities are a hive of activity, with thousands of birds, including puffins, fulmars, gannets and more, nesting in the crags or swooping and diving to feed in the waters below.

For your exciting chance to have a more personal wildlife experience, browse the listings to plan a cruise in Scotland today.

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  1. Spindrift Boat Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Skye & Lochalsh

    Come aboard Spindrift for a wildlife watching and island visit. Visit the beautiful Isle of Rona or the Isle of Raasay from Portree pier.

  2. Great Orkney Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Tankerness

    You want to see Orkney but don’t want to be lost in a crowd of other tourists: then a personal tour is just what you’re looking for

  3. Arbroath Sea Safari

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Arbroath

    Welcome to Arbroath Sea Safari. Choose from our 1 hour or 2 hour boat tours exploring the Arbroath coastline and Bell Rock Lighthouse situated on the Inchcape Reef. The Boat Our boat is a custom built 10m RIB, capable of tacking all weathers

  4. 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.

  5. Cruise Loch Lomond

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Tarbet

    In recent years the company has expanded into the corporate, incentive and wedding markets offering a range of packages and catering options for an unforgettable cruise.

  6. Uniquely Scotland

    Type

    Self Drive

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Uniquely Scotland is a bespoke tour operator specialising in top-quality, tailor-made holiday packages around Scotland for small groups of people.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Callander

    Take in the view and enjoy the special experience of a cruise on board the famous Sir Walter Scott, sailing Loch Katrine since 1900.

  8. Gradings

    Luss

    Offering speedboat tours, boat hire, parties, weddings, days out and more on the famous waters of Loch Lomond since 2001.

  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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