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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. Skye Island Tours


    Tour Guides



    SKYE ISLAND TOURS – Small-group tours to the Isle of Skye from Scottish cities and Day tours starting from South Skye.

  2. WWT Caerlaverock, The Granary Coffee Shop


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Our welcoming café serves up freshly prepared hot and cold food, grab-and-go snacks, sticky cakes, and Fairtrade hot drinks. There’s space for everyone – friends, families, groups – so grab a coffee or sit-down with a meal.

  3. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Café & Bike Shop


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Newton Stewart

    Kirroughtree has a great restaraunt and bike shop so you can fill up on great food before hiring a bike or using your own on the world renowned 7stanes Kirroughtree trails. Fantastic forest walks and amazing wildlife there to be discovered.

  4. Ben Mor Coigach


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Ben Mor Coigach is a Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

  5. Glenlivet Wildlife


    Wildlife Tour


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Off road Land Rover safaris in the Cairngorms National Park all year round. Discover iconic wildlife, stunning landscapes and fascinating heritage on a tour of Glenlivet Crown Estate with an expert local guide.

  6. Hidden Hebrides


    Walking Tour



    Hidden Hebrides is a small island based company offering great value guided walking holidays on many of Scotland's islands, as well as memorable day tours on the islands of Lewis & Harris.

  7. Solway Tours


    Historical Tour


    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour


    Welcome to Solway Tours- Guided Historic Tours specialising in South West Scotland and beyond. We offer full day, half day and multi day tours covering some amazing historic sites and fantastic Scottish scenery. Personalised, bespoke tours.

  8. Gradings

    Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

    Walk Wild Scotland offer small group guided walking holidays in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

  9. Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Be a part of it and join a multi-award winning small group tour. Tour from 1-17 days throughout Scotland. Our friendly guides and small groups of 16 people maximum ensure an excellent customer experience. Guaranteed departures all year.

  10. Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading


    Welcome to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (The Galson Estate Trust)


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