Where to Go Seal-Spotting in Scotland

Seals © Martin Alvarez Espinar/Flickr
Seals © Martin Alvarez Espinar/Flickr
Photo of Tasnim Nazeer
Freelance Journalist23 December 2017

Scotland is rich in wildlife, nature and picturesque scenery that will keep you entertained. If you want to go seal-watching and catch the beautiful creatures in the heart of the sea, then visit our top picks of places where you can go seal-spotting and capture the beauty of the sea.

The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are renowned for seal-spotting where you can capture the beauty of the seals in their unique form. This place gives you a fair amount of luck in seeing more elusive wild creatures in addition to seals. Midsummer and early autumn are said to be the best times to spot the marine mammals off the rocky coast such as the common seal.

Firth of Clyde | © Dave Conner/ Flickr


Oban is a great place to get up close and personal with seals and you may just spot them in and around the breathtaking sea. The waters in Oban are home to both common seals and grey seals, and you may even catch them basking on the rocks while you travel by. Common seal pups are often born in the summertime in Oban and grey seal pups are born in autumn, where you may just spot them on the sandy beaches in large groups.

Oban 01 | © Sam Saunders / Flickr


Inverness is full of character and charm, and it’s well worth a visit to spot the common seal and sealife in this beautiful part of Scotland. Inverness attracts many tourists for its breathtaking scenery and you may just be able to spot seals at Moray Forth in Inverness which has sealife tours and also Ness Islands where you can catch a glimpse of seals on a boat ride round the island.

Ness Islands Inverness Scotland | © Dave Conner / Flickr

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Loch Lomond attracts tourists from all around the world as one of the most scenic parts of Scotland overlooking the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs area. You will be able to catch both common seals and grey seals at Loch Lomond, and there are many private sealife tours that you can go on in the area to capture the beauty of seals up close. Take a trip there today and explore the beauty of the area in addition to capturing the excitement of spotting those seals amid the picturesque views.

Loch Lomond | © Ian McKellar / Flickr

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