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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. Isle Adventures Ltd


    Wildlife Tour



    Based at the Isle Of Whithorn We offer charter boat hire for Wildlife Watching & Sea Fishing trips during the summer. Winter - Dumfries & Galloway has a growing reputation as one of the best areas in Scotland for birdwatching tours.

  2. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    This spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve of the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust is situated on the north Solway Coast.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


    Welcome to Dalhousie Castle Falconry! Join us for an exciting day of flying beautiful birds or prey to your gloved hand, or why not test your skills with some archery with recurve bows? Packages available for adults and children.

  4. Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading


    Welcome to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (The Galson Estate Trust)

  5. Black Isle Wildlife And Country Park


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    North Kessock

    Meet the animals at the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park.

  6. British School Of Falconry At Gleneagles


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    Originally opened in 1982 as the first dedicated falconry school in the world, the facility is now based at Gleneagles in Perthshire.

  7. Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Visit Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve for fantastic walking and wildlife spotting opportunities.

  8. Ferrycroft Visitor Centre


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Ferrycroft is a Tourist Information and Heritage Centre with café, shop and toilets. There are games, displays and experiences for all ages. Admission is free.

  9. Hike Scotland


    Hiking Tour



    Premier guided Scottish hillwalking tours.

  10. Culbin Forest


    Wildlife & Nature walks



    A beautiful pine forest.


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