Eastern Scotland

Including Aberdeenshire, Angus & Dundee, Perth, and the Kingdom of Fife.

Anstruther Pleasure Trips

Anstruther Tel 01333 310103 Boat trips to the Isle of May (National Nature Reserve) to view seals and sea birds. www.isleofmayferry.com

Balgavies Loch (Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve)

The loch and wetlands provide a varied habitat for mammals, breeding birds and plants, including the scarse tufted loosestrife, coral-root orchid and cowbane. Overwintering geese and wildfowl are also to be seen here.

Gemini Explorer

Buckie Tel 0774 762 6280 Wildlife watching cruises along the Moray Firth. www.geminiexplorer.co.uk

Isle of May (National Nature Reserve)

Located in the entrance to the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is home to thousands of grey seals and sea birds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and shags

Kindrogan Field Centre

Blairgowrie Tel 01250 881286 Field Studies Council field centre offering leisure and professional training courses covering virtually every aspect of learning about the countryside, its wildlife and the environment. www.field-studies-council.org/kindrogan

Loch Leven (National Nature Reserve)

Kinross Loch Leven is Scotlands largest lowland freshwater loch and during the summer holds largest concentration of breeding freshwater duck in Britain. Winter time sees the arrival of overwintering geese and wildfowl, including up to 20,000 pink-footed geese. See also the information on Vane Farm RSPB Reserve and Visitor Centre. The SNH website gives further […]

Loch of the Lowes (Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve)

The main attraction at the Loch is the pair of breeding ospreys that can be viewed from the hide. Many wildfowl also breed on site, and diring winter the loch is home to around 3000 overwintering greylag geese.

Mills Observatory

Britain’s only full time public observatory. Display area, shop and events for children including astronomy, fossils, and bat walks.

Montrose Basin (SWT Reserve)

Montrose, Angus The basin is an extensive enclosed estuary of the South Esk river, providing tidal mudflats much favoured by overwintering wildfowl and waders, including approximately 40,000 pink-footed geese and 1,000 greylags. The visitor centre is well worth a visit, expecially for families. It offers uninterupted views across the basin and a selection of high […]

Puffin Cruises

Macduff. Tel 01542 832560 Daily sightseeing and fishing trips from Macduff Harbour along the scenic Moray Firth coastline. www.puffincruises.com

St. Cyrus (National Nature Reserve)

The sand dunes and cliffs are home to over 200 species of moth. Also breeding fulmars, stonechats, terns and skylarks.

Walk Deeside

Aboyne Tel 01339 880081 Guided walks with a strong emphasis on local environmental issues; conservation policies, access, land use practice, Natural Heritage designations and the Cairngorms National Park. www.walkdeeside.com