You’ll probably be lucky enough to see a red squirrel and maybe a pine marten or two whilst you’re out and about during your holiday in Scotland. Don’t forget to look up to the skies to spot the bird life too. There are also some places to visit to get up close to some of Scotland’s finest wildlife.

Galloway Kite Trail – explore the beautiful Galloway countryside while you look for the spectacular Red Kite, this bird of prey was reintroduced to the region in 2001 and you’ll often spot them when you’re out and about.

Red Deer Range – where the red deer come down from the hills and you can feed them by hand. Spike, the resident stag, is especially forthcoming when it comes to taking a snack from friendly visitors. If you time a visit right you’ll see these glorious creatures in their natural habitat.

Nature reserves: The Scottish Wildlife Trust do amazing work to keep our environment teaming with native wildlife. Here is a selection of Nature Reserves in the region.

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre provides a network of walks in the wetlands where little ones (and not so little ones) can do some wildlife watching, bird feeding and learn all about these wonderful creatures’ natural environment.

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More things to do on holiday in south-west Scotland

From watersports to cycling, exploring the hills to family days out and places to eat – there’s lots to discover here. 



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