Although it’s not possible to come to Scotland at the moment, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can still see stunning views of our glorious country and wonderful wildlife (weather permitting!).
Enjoy dreaming about Scotland during these times and bring our amazing home into yours, via webcams located at some of our iconic and scenic spots.
The majority of Scotland is now under a temporary lockdown, though some island communities are under level 3 restrictions. Please follow any current restrictions – you might need to save these ideas to try later on a future trip.
Find out what level each area is under and read more about the 5-level Covid-19 restrictions to plan and book ahead when considering a future trip. You can search for businesses that are open, and Good to Go, where they have a Covid-19 risk assessment.
In Shetland, there are great views to enjoy over Lerwick Harbour towards the island of Bressay. You can also see seabirds around the cliffs by Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and views of Lerwick Harbour, courtesy of Shetland webcams.
The Isle of Berneray is renowned for its stunning three-mile long, white sandy West Beach and for its wildlife. Keep an eye on the Bays Loch Webcam, overlooking the island’s harbour, and you might be rewarded with glimpses of seabirds, seals and maybe even otters.
See amazing vistas over Lochaber and the west Highlands, from high up on the mountain of Aonach Mor with the WinterHighland-Nevis Range webcams. You can also see lovely views of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, from the Visit Fort William webcam at Torlundy.
Over in the Cairngorms National Park, the Loch Morlich Watersports webcam captures great images of the mighty mountains across the award-winning beach and waters of beautiful Loch Morlich.
Eilean Donan has featured in a number of movies and is one of Scotland’s most iconic castles. See the castle and views over Loch Duich towards Skye and Lochalsh with this webcam (Currently unavailable).
Not far from Scotland’s capital city, witness lovely views over the Pentland Hills from Eastside Cottages.
Nestling quietly in the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran, with its mountainous north and it’s more gentle southern scenery, is quite simply Scotland in miniature. Enjoy magnificent scenes over Brodick Bay to Goat Fell, at 2,867ft, the highest peak on the island, from this Brodick-based webcam.
Spring is a wonderful time of year in Scotland, when the landscape bursts back into life and our birds and beasties return to rear their young. A number of webcams across Scotland allow you to see our incredible resident wildlife up close.
At the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s Caerlaverock Reserve in Dumfries & Galloway, the team puts peanuts and honey out for the badgers most evenings and sightings of these playful mammals on the ‘badger cam’ are common. There are also occasional sightings of otter, deer and foxes too.
These impressive birds of prey migrate thousands of miles from West Africa to Scotland each year to raise their chicks on freshly-caught fine Scottish fish. They arrive in late March and you can see some amazing live footage of them on the Loch of the Lowes webcam (Currently unavailable), which beams pictures from Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire, from the Loch Arkaig Osprey Cam in the Scottish Highlands and also on the Tweed Valley Osprey Project webcam at Glentress Forest in the Scottish Borders.
Use the Balmoral squirrel cam to see some scampering cute red squirrels in Aberdeenshire. You might also see red squirrels and roe deer alongside a variety of small birds on the Kirroughtree Visitor Centre webcam in Dumfries & Galloway.
Zoos and wildlife parks
If our resident birds and beasties are being a bit camera-shy, then you can always flick between the above webcams and those in our zoos and wildlife parks. Some of the remarkable animals in these parks may not have come from Scotland originally, but they’re surely happy to call Scotland home now.
Please note that some Zoological Society of Scotland webcams are currently under maintenance and live feeds may not be available.
This is one of the UK’s biggest zoos, where you’ll find a huge variety of animals being cared for. The zoo also hosts a number of webcams to allow you to see the amazing pandas, penguins, tigers and cuddly koalas.
Highland Wildlife Park
Alongside an outstanding collection of wild animals, at this wildlife park in the Cairngorms National Park, including Amur tigers, polar bears, snow leopards and Scottish wildcat, you’ll find fascinating snow monkeys, sometimes known as Japanese macaque.
Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park
This wonderful park near Stirling celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020 and has indoor and outdoor webcams featuring their huge resident rhino’s. You can also tune into their live wildlife broadcasts – just check their Facebook page for information and the latest live broadcast videos.
This popular wildlife-watching operator, based in the Cairngorms National Park, is also broadcasting occasional live sessions via Facebook Live.
It’s important that we all #stayhomestaysafe at this time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with what’s going on in Scotland. If you like our wildlife, why not download our red deer desktop image (among others). And if you want to see more of Scotland interactively, why not take a look at Sail Scotland’s 360 videos?