The Highlands are without a doubt one of the best places to spot wildlife in Scotland – creatures great and small are often elusive and shy, and the sparsely habited areas in the Highlands are the perfect place for them to live in peace and quiet without the threat of intruders! Of course there is also the abundance of lush greens and fresh nibbles to keep them looking healthy and feeling satisfied. With that in mind, it is no wonder that people travel from all over the world with the hope of spotting some of the native wildlife in Scotland!
The vast wilderness of the Highlands means that spotting wildlife in Scotland can be done without disturbing the animals in their natural habitat, not only is this good news for the animals it allows you to see them living as they do in the wild – a genuine experience that is truly unrivalled. Of course, this means that you are not guaranteed to catch sight of anything at all, but with careful planning – knowing what to look for, and when to look – you give yourself a good chance of some encounters that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime!
Wildlife Spotting in Autumn
It’s with good reason that Wildlife Spotting is number 1 in our Top 5 Reasons to Visit Scotland in Autumn. The wildlife in Scotland is pretty active year round, but one of my favourite times to spot wildlife in Scotland is definitely autumn – perhaps it is the golden colours and dramatic sunlight against a backdrop of forest-green Caledonian Pines that makes it all so much more romantic, I’m not sure, but there is just something about the amazing Highland creatures that begin to emerge during this season that really makes me smile.
If you’re planning a trip to the Highlands this autumn, be it specifically to spot wildlife in Scotland or not, here’s a few of our locals that you should definitely keep an eye out for: