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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. Loch Maree Islands


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The Loch Maree Islands are a group of scattered islands on Loch Maree.

  2. Glencripesdale


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The remote Glencripesdale on the shores of Loch Sunart combines woodland, shoreline, heaths and moorland.

  3. Love Skye Tours


    Coach Tour



    Love-Skye tours around some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Your local guide, Angela has intimate knowledge of Skye’s hidden beauty spots. Our tours are friendly, flexible and very good fun! We promise a trip like no other.

  4. Bennachie Visitor Centre


    Historic Sites



    Welcome to the Bennachie Centre, we hope you enjoy your visit. Hear tales of giants, learn more about the forest and the hill or just enjoy a welcome cup of tea.

  5. Uniquely Scotland


    Chauffeur Tour



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

  6. Orkney Archaeology Tours


    Tour Guides



    Orkney Archaeology Tours - for your perfect Orkney holiday. All-inclusive small group holidays & private tours led by archaeologists. Friendly, fun & informative tours with a maximum of 8 participants, based at a comfortable seafront hotel.

  7. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  8. Mill Dam Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Mill Dam Nature Reserve.

  9. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Easily access to Great walking country plus wildlife watching of Hen Harriers by CCTV.

  10. MacDonald Walks


    Walking Tour


    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Welcome to MacDonald Walks - for Kilts, walking with a experience either, Malt Whiskey Whisky tasting, Scottish food.


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