You can view the best of Scotland wildlife, including rare birds & marine mammals, and experience the magic as you explore the forests, caves and numerous islands.
Knowing the best places to go is undoubtedly the secret to seeing what you want to see, and some parts of Scotland throw up a great deal of opportunities for lovers of wildlife.
A camera is a must-have as you explore the best places in the country for spotting rare wildlife, marine life and birds, with the added bonus of the scenic beauty of the lochs, the splendour of the mountains and some truly magnificent countryside to photograph.
There are many zoos and safari parks you can visit, but really, nothing quite compares to seeing our wildlife species in their natural habitats, either on the land or in the sea.
The Hebrides islands on the west coast has some spectacular scenery, which is best seen by sailing. The remote islands and sheltered lochs means you can catch some unexpected sightings of Dolphins, Minke Whales, Grey Seals, Otters and seabirds including Puffins, Guillemots, Razor Bills and Gannets.
If you happen to be in The Moray Firth area, North 58° Sea Adventures offers you the chance to do something a little different.
You’ll have a truly unique experience, with an exhilarating trip out to the Moray Firth, exploring the beautiful Moray coastline and it’s amazing and abundant wildlife.
Departing from Findhorn Marina, these 2 hour adventures offer the ever present chance of encountering some of the incredible wildlife, including: Bottlenose Dolphins, Seals, Harbour Porpoise, Minke Whales, Basking Sharks and hundreds of seabirds!
The Shetland Islands off the north coast, has a bird observatory located in Fair Isle, home to the famous Fair Isle knitwear. At night you can spot Storm Petrels, and by day see Black Guillemots, Red-throated Divers, Arctic Skuas, and Grey Seals on the shore.
The West Highland Way is Scotland’s most famous (and longest) walk, taking you through woodlands and forests from Milngavie to Fort William, a distance of 153Km/95miles.
People visit from all over the world to do this series of fabulous woodland walks. Some just come for the hike and the scenery, and there are others who come for the wildlife. Along the way you are likely to spot Red Deer and birds of prey like the Kestrel, the Red Kite, and you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the majestic Golden Eagle.
Dumfries & Galloway in the south of Scotland, has an abundance of woodland walks where you are likely to see Peregrines, Red Deer, Roe and Fallow Deer, Buzzards, and some wonderful rare plants.
The Cairngorm Mountains is home to Britains only Reindeer herd. There are approximately 130, with around 50 of them ranging free in the mountains, while the rest are very well looked after on Glenlivet Estate, 30 miles away.
Scotland wildlife can be seen almost everywhere you go, and most of Scotland’s woodland and forest walks provide you with the opportunity of spotting some Red Squirrels, becoming quite rare.
Royal Deeside is probably the best place left for seeing the Red Squirrel. Sadly, their numbers have been steadily declining over the years, but they can be seen more frequently here than any other part of the country.
The Scottish Highlands is one of the most scenic regions in the United Kingdom, and a popular location for outdoor activities of all kinds. Wildlife lovers can be lucky enough to spot the rare Scottish Pine Martens, the Scottish Wildcat, and possibly the Red Squirrel.
Scotland is blessed with hundreds of miles of rugged coastline and freshwater pools, which make ideal habitats for the Eurasian Otter, the only otters native to Britain.
Find out more about wildlife in Scotland by visiting one of the many National Nature Reserves, which protect our rare species and habitats. They are located throughout the country, and are open to everyone.
You can also take in one of our Scotland Wildlife Tours, magical journeys that combine wildlife viewing with many other outdoor activities. You could be hiking through forests, exploring caves in kayaks, or sailing round our remotest islands.
More Outdoor Activities :
- Golfing in Scotland
- Bicycle Tours in Scotland
- Hiking in Scotland
- Fishing in Scotland
- Kayaking In Scotland
- Skiing In Scotland
See the Scotland Travel Information page for all the information you need for travelling to and within Scotland. Helpful advice on passports and visas, currency, weather, holiday extras, useful travel links and more.