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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:

Trip Reviews

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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
A really good mix of culture, wildlife and walking, with shorter walking options offered where possible. Felt very relaxed to have someone else manage the organising of the trip. May have made more sense for the guide to stay at the same hotel but there may have been reason for not (ie cost, and him needing some time off!).

Liz Turvey
23/05/2016

4

Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday. We flew in from Aberdeen Airport and landed at Sumburgh Airport that in itself was an experience. We took a taxi from the Airport to Lerwick and this cost £45.00, for the return journey we used the number 6 bus which cost £5.80! The Shetland people were very friendly and chatty. All in all together with the cost of the flights to and from Shetland this holiday cost us around £4000.00. Having said all that we saw birds too numerous to mention, plenty of open spaces, rare orchids, seals and a sea otter we also had such fun with the others in the group, we were sad to bid them farewell.

Sue Everatt
12/06/2017

5

Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
Great to be able to enjoy wonderful scenery and wildlife without having to worry about where to go and what to do. Size of group also very good (socialising, but not too much).

Ann Paton
15/05/2014

5

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Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands

Next available trip: 25th May        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: 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)
Location: 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: 25th May        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: 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)
Location: 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

It's been another unforgettable and unique trip for me. After 2 trips I didn't intend to return to Scotland soon, but now I must reconsider .... There's still so much more to see and experience. What more can I say? :))

Barbara Iseli
Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles

Customer Rating: 5

Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 84 reviews of Wildlife

by Jeanell Buckley 05/07/2018

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5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

I would recommend this holiday for anyone wanting to learn and engage with Scottish wildlife. A truly wonderful experience

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by Tom Hora 04/06/2018

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5Accommodation and Food

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5The Bottom Line

Already looking at where we might go next.

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by Gavin Bateman 12/06/2018

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5The Bottom Line

Been on six and this was the best yet.

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