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With its wide diversity of scenery and its extensive coastline Scotland is home to a wide range of birds & animals and marine life.

Red deer over the great glen scotland
A Red Deer admiring the Great Glen.


Where to go to find wildlife?

Scotland has two National Parks (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and the Cairngorm National Park) and many National Nature Reserves. These are a great place to start your search for wildlife. But don’t forget to also keep your eyes open in city parks such as Holyrood Park in Edinburgh and Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow.

Meantime here are a few special places — but remember that there are many more!


Gannets – Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, and Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde.
Puffins – Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, and the Treshnish Islands in the Hebrides.
Golden eagles and white-tailed eagles  – Isle of Mull.
Crested tits, crossbills, capercaillie, ptarmigan, ospreys and eagles – Cairngorms National Park.
Guillemots, razorbills and skuas – Shetland Islands.
Geese and choughs – Isle of Islay.
Barnacle geese – Solway Firth.
Corncrakes – Hebrides.


Red deer – throughout the Highlands.
Red squirrels –  Perthshire.
Pine Marten  – Ben Eighe National Nature Reserve and the Cairngorms
Beavers – Argyll and on the River Tay catchment area.

Marine Life

Dolphins  – Moray Firth.
Whale-watching – Isle of Mull.
Seals and otters  – all round the coast of the West Highlands, the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands.

In October watch salmon leaping over waterfalls on the River Dee and its tributaries.