Wildlife & Nature Spots

Being able to encounter wildlife in Scotland is a thrilling experience.

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Being able to encounter wildlife in Scotland is a thrilling experience.
Knowing where and importantly how to look can make wildlife easy to spot.

Scotland benefits from two national parks - Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National park as well as nature reserves, forest parks and country estates which can be a good place to start whether you’re interested in wildlife watching, Alpine flora and fauna, marine life, mature ancient woodland or coastal dunes and cliffs.

Scotland welcomes responsible walkers, bikers and wildlife watchers. There are many locations that provide facilities such as path networks and wildlife hides to help you get the most of your visit. Just bring along a pair of binoculars and patience, you're bound to see something interesting.

There are also dedicated nature visitor centres and attractions dotted across the country, which not only help you to see specific species, but also host interactive displays, exhibits and guided tours. These are great for enjoying and learning more about Scotland's plant and animal life within dry and warm facilities, and often featuring a delicious cafe to refuel with coffee and cake.

Our members are committed to delivering first-class experiences and advocate responsible tourism. Furthermore, all Wild Scotland members operate in line with our Best Practice Guidelines in regards to sustainability, accessibility, community and safety.

Speyside Wildlife

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Speyside Wildlife was established in 1991 and offers wildlife-watching day trips, tours and holidays in the UK and Overseas. We cater for a wide va......

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Speyside Wildlife

Speyside Wildlife was established in 1991 and offers wildlife-watching day trips, tours and holidays in the UK and Overseas. We cater for a wide va...
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Galloway Forest Park

The Galloway Red Deer Range is the ideal place to look for Scotland’s largest land mammal.  Good all year round, magnificent if you join us in Octo...
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Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide

Beautiful, peaceful hide, accessible to everyone and with a great view of the varied marine life in the neighbouring waters. Scotland’s national fo...
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Glen Affric National Nature Reserve

Often called the most beautiful glen in Scotland, home to wonderful wildlife, waterfalls, lochs, miles of trails and wilderness. Scotland’s nationa...
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Glenmore Forest Park

Gateway to Glenmore Forest Park, the visitor centre offers an introduction to the wildlife of the area (including the elusive capercaillie), a café...
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Knapdale

Discover the story of Scotland’s Beaver Trial and the Knapdale National Scenic Area and explore this ancient landscape.  There’s an all-ability tra...
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Kylerhea Marine Hide

Look out for marine wildlife from this sheltered hide.  You may even see an otter! Scotland’s national forests and land are yours to explore, throu...
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Tweed Valley Forest Park

Just an hour away from Edinburgh, seven forests dot the valley of the River Tweed.  There’s a forest for you whether you’re looking for a quiet pic...
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RSPB Scotland Balranald nature reserve

This beautiful Hebridean reserve has sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand-dunes. Many wading and farmland birds nest on the flower-rich...
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RSPB Scotland Loch Garten nature reserve

Abernethy is a nature reserve that is ancient, wild and immeasurably special – a place so extraordinary that it can feel like another country. Nest...
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RSPB Scotland Loch Gruinart nature reserve

There’s always plenty to see at Loch Gruinart reserve. As autumn falls lapwing flocks gather together and the flooded pools by the hides come to li...
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Adventure Tours Scotland

Adventure Tours Scotland offer premium, bespoke Adventure Tours throughout Scotland that are totally private, and entirely customised to your needs...
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