Wild Animals to Spot in Scotland
There is an abundance of wildlife species you can spot across Scotland in a range of natural habitats. Here are just a few to keep your eyes peeled for:
These hardy little birds are one of the many bird species you are bound to come across on your travels around Scotland.
Where: Isle of Mull, Isle of Staffa, Shetland, Orkney, the islands of the Firth of Forth and the Isle of May.
When: The best time to spot these colourful birds is in the spring months of March - May.
One of the most iconic animals associated with Scotland, the red deer is the UK's largest land mammal and can be spotted in almost every region in the country.
Where: Isle of Arran, Isle of Jura, Lochaber, Torridon, Cairngorms National Park, and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
When: Red deer are best spotted during the autumn months of September - November.
Grey seals are very common inhabitants you can see off the coastlines of Scotland. Keep your eyes peeled in the autumn months to see if you can spot fluffy grey seal pups too!
Where: All across Scotland, but in particular the Moray Firth, Firth of Tay, Ythan Estuary and the Isle of May.
When: Grey seals are best spotted during the autumn months of September - November.
Much smaller than their grey cousins, the fluffy red squirrel is an elusive addition to Scotland's forests and woodlands. Make sure you keep quiet as go on the lookout for these gorgeous little mammals.
Where: Highlands, Glenmore National Nature Reserve, Galloway Forest Park, Perthshire, Devilla Forest Red Squirrel Trail.
When: Best spotted in the winter months of December - January when their vibrant reddish coats will stand out against the snow.
Explore our Scottish Wildlife Calendar and Scottish Wildlife Series to find out more.