Enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters

With a variety of accessible habitats, Scotland is regarded as one of the top destinations in Europe for wildlife watching, either independently by yourself or on a guided tour. It is worthwhile checking out Wild Scotland members, who offer a wide variety of wildlife watching experiences to make the most of your time. By joining a professional guide you can maximise your chances of seeing the local wildlife. 

Our highlights

  • Watching the dolphins off the Caithness, Sutherland or Moray coast
  • Spotting puffins on Orkney and the Treshnish Isles
  • Watching the deer roam the Cairngorms National Park 
  • Go on a beaver tour or sea safari at the Argyll Beaver Centre
  • Watch the gannets on a tour to Bass Rock in East Lothian


Wild Scotland members are committed to delivering first-class experiences while following set wildlife watching and outdoor codes, and therefore minimising disruption to wildlife and their habitats. NatureScot offers a Guide to Best Practice for Watching Marine Wildlife here, and you should always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code’s three key principles:

  • Respect the interests of other people.
  • Care for the environment.
  • Take responsibility for your own actions.


For more information visit www.outdooraccess-scotland.com.

Why are Scottish Hostels great for wildlife?

Our hostels offer an affordable place to stay close to or in accessible wildlife in Scotland, including: 


  • Direct access to accessible wildlife
  • A welcoming, clean place to spend the night at an affordable rate
  • The chance to connect with likeminded people 
  • Drying rooms for your wet kit
  • Storage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Local knowledge and expert advice


If you want to find out which of our hostels are perfect to spot wildlife, you can see the full list below or use our search facility.

Why are Scottish Hostels great for bikepackers?

Lots of our hostels have facilities tailored to bikepackers and tourers. Scottish Hostels offer you:


  • Secure bike storage
  • Drying rooms for your wet kit
  • Laundry facilities
  • Bike wash facilities
  • Local bike repair and hire shops
  • Local knowledge 


If you want to find which of our hostels are suitable for bikepackers, you can see the full list below or use our search facility.

Our hostel choices for spotting wildlife

Argyll Backpackers

Argyll Backpackers Loch Fyne Lodge Inverneil Ardrishaig PA30 8ES

Conveniently located on the A83 between Mid-Argyll and Kintyre and just minutes from the NCR78, Argyll Backpackers is an amazing purpose-built 'gre...

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Argyll Backpackers

Conveniently located on the A83 between Mid-Argyll and Kintyre and just minutes from the NCR78, Argyll Backpackers is an amazing purpose-built 'gre...
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Helmsdale Lodge Hostel

Located on the main NC500 and Land's End to John o' Groats routes. All rooms en-suite. Helmsdale Lodge Hostel is located in the scenic coastal vill...
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The Sail Loft

The Sail Loft's fabulous coastal location overlooks the beach and sea in the picturesque Aberdeenshire town of Portsoy. This self catering accommod...
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Findhorn Village Centre

Our Hostel is located in the coastal village of Findhorn on the North East, Moray coast in Scotland, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty...
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Black Isle Hostel

Based in the centre of Inverness, our hostel is conveniently located only minutes from both the train and bus stations. Bringing brewery life to th...
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Ballater Hostel

Ballater Hostel is a 29 bed (sleeps 32) five-star large self-catering hostel situated in the centre of Ballater, just east of Braemar, in North Eas...
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Fraoch Lodge

Versatile and innovative, Fraoch Lodge is our self-styled “mountain lodge” providing the ultimate mix in flexibility, comfort and value...
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Glenbeg Bunkhouse and Bothy

Located in a secluded rural spot at the top of the Glenbeg Estate and a couple of miles outside Grantown-on-Spey, our Glenbeg Bunkhouse and Bothy i...
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The Dolphin Inn

The Dolphin Inn has a stylish retro vintage interior which extends through its ten rooms, all situated on two upper floors. These include twins, do...
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Ross of Mull Bunkrooms

The Bunkrooms are 1 mile from the village of Fionnphort, the ideal location for exploring the Ross of Mull Peninsula with its dramatic cliffs, whit...
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Coll Bunkhouse

5* hostel accommodation in the Inner Hebrides. The beautiful Isle of Coll offers so much, whether you are into walking, stargazing, wildlife, divin...
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Kirkwall Peedie Hostel

The Peedie Hostel (Peedie is an Orcadian word, meaning "small") is a quaint hostel overlooking the harbour in the town of Kirkwall, and lies within...
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