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Wildlife Holidays in Scotland

Discover Scotland's native wildlife as you explore the dramatic beauty of its natural habitat.

Our wildlife holidays are a little bit different from others you may have seen or joined. While we do spend some time in hides or in vehicles, our trips are more active than a 'normal' wildlife tour. The activities are easy and gentle but you can expect to experience delights such as coastal walks, sea kayaking with seals and boats trips to seek our Scotland's larger marine wildlife. The vast knowledge of our expert wildlife guides will help you interpret some of the fascinating wildlife behaviours while safely enjoying Scotland's great outdoors.

Discover Scotland's native wildlife as you explore the dramatic beauty of its natural habitat.

Our wildlife holidays are a little bit different from others you may have seen or joined. While we do spend some time in hides or in vehicles, our trips are more active than a 'normal' wildlife tour. The activities are easy and gentle but you can expect to experience delights such as coastal walks, sea kayaking with seals and boats trips to seek our Scotland's larger marine wildlife. The vast knowledge of our expert wildlife guides will help you interpret some of the fascinating wildlife behaviours while safely enjoying Scotland's great outdoors.

Book your Scottish wildlife holiday with Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company - Wilderness Scotland

Our wildlife tours blend some of Scottish nature’s great events in the more incredible locations, with expert guides so you become part of the action.

Using activities, we’re able to get closer to Scottish wildlife because our guides understand their behaviour and you’re out there experiencing Scotland, rather than sitting in a hide waiting for the wildlife to come to you.

We base our wildlife holidays from comfortable and welcoming accommodation, you can relax in the evenings, review your photos and look forward to each day.

With wildlife tours of Shetland, the Outer Hebrides and the Highlands of Scotland, we offer holidays in these iconic wildlife destinations. Our guiding team really bring the tours to life, with expert knowledge and interpretation of behaviour, so you don’t miss anything.

We hope that you can come and explore Scotland and its wildlife with us.

Wildlife tours are available in the following locations:

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Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
Experience of a life time!!! Want to do another trip as soon as possible, and hopefully with Kristy!

Ann Maclean
14/06/2018

5

Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
It was my first trip with Wilderness Scotland and hope it wont be my last. Am thinking about Orkney or the Outer Hebrides for the near future, so hope to be back

Hugh Rothero
11/06/2015

5

Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
This trip provides the best of what Shetland has to offer. The brilliant boat trip was the highlight.

Rosemary Bailey
17/05/2016

5

Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 84 reviews of Wildlife

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Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands

Next available trip: 25th May        Duration: 6 night(s)
Region: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 2
  • Dolphin-watching on an exciting boat trip
  • Finding Scotland's largest birds of prey - sea eagles, golden eagles and ospreys
  • Sea kayaking with seals in the West Highlands
  • Visit a wildlife hide at dusk to see pine marten and badgers
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Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona

Next available trip: 1st June        Duration: 6 night(s)
Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye    
Comfort: Deluxe
Difficulty: 2
  • Finding the UK's largest bird of prey, white-tailed eagle among others
  • Explore famous Fingal's Cave on a boat trip to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles
  • Spot marine wildlife including seals, dolphins and whales
  • Visit the spiritual Isle of Iona
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Wildlife Adventures - The Outer Hebrides & St Kilda

Next available trip: 15th June        Duration: 6 night(s)
Region: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 2
  • Explore by boat and on foot, some of the most pristine, wild and spectacular seabird locations in Europe (including, weather permitting, St Kilda - a double UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Look for otters, red deer and golden eagles on the Isle of Harris
  • Discover the Uists, stronghold of the rare Corncrake and world famous for their wildflowers and windswept beauty
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Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles

Next available trip: 13th April        Duration: 6 night(s)
Region: Orkney and Shetland Isles    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 2
  • Experience the landscapes and fascinating wildlife of Scotland's most northerly islands.
  • Be amazed by the prolific birdlife at Sumburgh and the heritage of the Vikings at Jarlshof.
  • Hike to the dramatic coastline of Muckle Flugga, the most northerly point in the UK.
  • Enjoy a boat trip to view the bird colonies at Noss National Nature Reserve where we'll be deafened by the noise of 20,000 gannets, 25,000 guillemots, 3,000 kittiwakes, 1,200 puffins and hundreds of razorbills, shags and skuas!
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Wildlife Holidays in Scotland

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As a 5 Star tour operator this is how we see customer service.

For example, we can’t say we will get back to you within 3 hours because sometimes we won’t and we can’t say we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, because that’s just wishy washy and everyone says that.

Great customer service isn’t tangible.

It’s tone of voice, and relationship building.

And going that wee bit further to make someone’s day and it can’t be quantified.

It’s how we make you feel…

and we feel that it’s the following things that go towards making the difference between a holiday, and an amazing, memorable experience.

Our Network
We have fantastic relationships and in many cases personal friendships with our trusted team of suppliers.
A Growing Team
Our team of 35 travel professionals in the office and over 60+ expert guides mean we're small enough to care about every detail but big enough to deal with any curveballs, meaning your holiday experience will be seamless.
We Know Scotland
Being outdoors people, we have an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge when it comes to Scotland's wild places. We've been there and can recommend locations and activities from our own experience.

Our holidays reviewed in your words

The Shetland trip was our third with Wilderness Scotland and another wonderful experience also due to the smooth organisation and the great guide. We are already looking into our next trip. Can't wait!

Marjolein van Veldhuizen
Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles

Customer Rating: 5

This is a fun trip - kayaking with seals was such a fun day, going to a RSPB reserve and getting a fantastic lecture from Peter. The day on Mull really seemed to solidified the group as we watched Golden Eagles, Buzzards etc fly, dive and in one case attack a larger bird. The Hide was so great - the owl, Pine Martins and Badgers were well worth the wait for them to show up.

Kate Boynton
Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands

Customer Rating: 5

Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 84 reviews of Wildlife

by Selma Savage 14/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

I think Wilderness Scotland is an organization that takes it’s mission very seriously! It’s very obvious every step of the process registering, being welcomed & then being guided & cared for!

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by Graeme Coss 05/07/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

A wonderful experience. Very relaxing and stimulating at the same time. The weather was unexpectedly hot, and that was a challenge at times. Even some wildlife felt the heat and were scarce on certain days. But that was all understandable.
Some people might feel too much time was spent in the mini-van, driving from one location to the next, but that didn't bother me. The detailed itinerary and the grading made it clear that we would not be hiking 8 hours a day every day.
In sum, Highly recommended.

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by Jane Potter 10/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Final verdict - excellent introduction to Shetland! And excellent guiding and pre-trip planning.

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