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Scotland is over 70% sea and it is exceptionally rich and varied in wildlife. The area around St Kilda has been designated as a Marine World Heritage Site, one of only 42 in the world, because of the stunning underwater scenery and the wonderful organisms growing in the clear, oceanic waters. The St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve was the first in Scotland and is the country’s most popular dive site.

Seals can be seen at most of our coastal properties, but are most numerous at Mingulay where over 2000 Grey Seals can be seen hauled out on the beach. The tiny island of Soa off Iona is our largest Common Seal pupping site.

Whales, dolphins and basking sharks are widespread but are best seen from the ferry to Canna, Staffa or Barra or from the coast at St Abbs or St Kilda.

The only known inshore cold-water coral reef in Scotland has recently been discovered off Mingulay and is now proposed as a Special Area of Conservation.