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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


    Take the ‘Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Isles’ tour with Wilderness Scotland.

  2. Argyll Sea Tours


    Boat Tour



    Sea and wildlife tours from Oban on board MV Creagallan. Relax and enjoy the scenery and keep an eye out for wildlife.

  3. Gradings


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

  4. The Spirit of Place


    Tour Guides



    Discover the spirit of this place! Guided Tours In Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway

  5. Formartine & Buchan Way


    Wildlife & Nature walks



    Designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trail, this popular with walkers and cyclist path is an exciting long-distance route.

  6. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Walk Wild Scotland offer one week walking holidays and private tours on Scotland's west coast and the Isle of Skye.

  7. Highland & Rare Breeds Park


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    Fort Augustus

    See traditional Highland farm animals at Highland & Rare Breeds Park.

  8. Pease Dean


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    This nature reserve is one of the few areas where native woodland can be found. It comprises of two parts, Pease Burn and Tower Burn.

  9. 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.

  10. Dalscone Farm Fun


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    With its fantastic purpose-built indoor play area for children up to 11 plus its excellent cafe, Dalscone Farm Fun offers a fun-packed day for all the family.


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