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


With its wide diversity of scenery and its extensive coastline Scotland is home to a wide range of birds & animals and sea creatures. Scotland’s two National Parks (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and the Cairngorms) and its many National Nature Reserves are great places to start — but don’t forget to keep your eyes open in places 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!

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

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

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

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

…….. and lots, lots more!