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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. Hermaness National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Overlooking Muckle Flugga, Britain's most northerly point, the Hermaness National Nature Reserve provides a haven for thousands of seabirds.

  2. Glencripesdale

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ardnamurchan

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

  3. Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours

    Type

    Wildlife Tour

    Gradings

    Portree

    Welcome to Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours

  4. Gradings

    Birsay

    Welcome to The Loons & Loch of Banks (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  5. Red Kite Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Stirling Area

    Situated just north of Stirling, the Argaty Red Kites is Central Scotland’s only red kite feeding station with up to 30 birds to be seen.

  6. Mull Wildlife Tours

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    Craignure & South Mull

    Come for a great day out with a fully licensed and insured wildlife operator, and joint founder member of The Isle of Mull Bird Club.

  7. Go to St Kilda

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Uig

    Welcome to Go to St Kilda - Day trips to St Kilda from Skye.

  8. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  9. Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    McKinlay Kidd offers award-winning, tailor-made holidays and short breaks across Scotland.

  10. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    St Cyrus

    The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

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