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Wildlife Sites and Nature Reserves in Scotland

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Staffa National Nature Reserve (NTS)

West of Mull, Argyll, PA67 6DG

Well-known for its amazing basalt columns and cathedral-like Fingal's Cave, the island has an important breeding colony…

Landmark Nature Trail

Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK

Britain's first nature trail, established in 1970, through old Caledonian pine forest, with tree top trail, wildlife…

Kirkconnell Flow National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr. Dumfries, Scotland, UK

This is a classic example of an ancient 'raised' bog. Among the species you can find here are cranberry, bog rosemary and…

Mull of Galloway (RSPB)

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 3AP

The most southerly point of Scotland. The cliffs are home to thousands of breeding seabirds including guillemots,...

Islay Natural History Trust

Main Street, Port Charlotte, PA48 7TX

Essential information for those interested in Islay's nature with exhibits, displays and hands-on exploration for all ages.

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Glasdrum Wood

Appin, Argyll, Scotland, UK

From the trail through this ancient wood of oak and ash there are good views over Loch Creran and the chance to spot the...

Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland, UK

One of the few remaining areas of peatland in central Scotland - most have been cut for their peat or drained for farming…

Falls of Glomach (NTS)

Glen Elchaig, Ross-shire, Scotland, UK

One of the highest waterfalls in Britain (113m), set in a steep narrow cleft in remote country.

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

Tentsmuir Forest, By Tayport, Fife, DD6 9PF

The fastest growing part of Scotland with sand dunes and heath, excellent for wildflowers, an important roosting area for…

WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

Spey Bay, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7PJ

One of the best places to see the resident population of Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins, osprey, seals and seabirds.

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Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (SWT)

Handa Island, By Scourie, Sutherland, Scotland, UK

This spectacular island with one of the largest seabird colonies in north-west Europe offers a superb wildlife experience.

Fair Isle Bird Observatory

Fair Isle, Shetland, ZE2 9JU

This jewel of an island, mid-way between Orkney and Shetland, is the most famous site for migrant birds in Britain. Also…

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Findhorn Bay Nature Reserve

By Findhorn, Morayshire, Scotland, UK

This spectacular, almost landlocked, tidal basin is good for waders throughout the year, with large numbers of migrants...

Ben Lui National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr Tyndrum, Argyll, Scotland, UK

The moist cliffs and rocky outcrops of this large reserve support an unusually lush growth of mountain plants including...

St Kilda National Nature Reserve (NTS)

West of Benbecula, HS7 5SS

This remote and spectacular group of islands with the highest (375m) cliffs in Britain, is home to almost a million…

1 Staffa National Nature Reserve (NTS) West of Mull, Argyll, PA67 6DG
2 Landmark Nature Trail Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK
3 Kirkconnell Flow National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr. Dumfries, Scotland, UK
4 Mull of Galloway (RSPB) Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 3AP
5 Islay Natural History Trust Main Street, Port Charlotte, PA48 7TX
6 Glasdrum Wood Appin, Argyll, Scotland, UK
7 Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
8 Falls of Glomach (NTS) Glen Elchaig, Ross-shire, Scotland, UK
9 Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve Tentsmuir Forest, By Tayport, Fife, DD6 9PF
10 WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre Spey Bay, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7PJ 4 stars
11 Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (SWT) Handa Island, By Scourie, Sutherland, Scotland, UK
12 Fair Isle Bird Observatory Fair Isle, Shetland, ZE2 9JU
13 Findhorn Bay Nature Reserve By Findhorn, Morayshire, Scotland, UK
14 Ben Lui National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr Tyndrum, Argyll, Scotland, UK
15 St Kilda National Nature Reserve (NTS) West of Benbecula, HS7 5SS

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