From feeding sloths to swimming with sharks, Edinburgh has a range of wild animal encounters you can book.
The Capital is home to several wildlife parks and centres, with Edinburgh Zoo, Deep Sea World, the Scottish Seabird Centre and Five Sisters Zoo all within a drive-able distance from the city. All these places also offer more hands-on experiences to get up closer to the animals. So, here are 10 amazing and adorable animal experiences to book in Edinburgh.
5. Spot seabirds
Bird-lovers can get the chance to spot puffins, guillemots and gannets during the Three Islands Seabird Seafari, which is run by the Scottish Seabird Centre. During this boat trip, which goes from North Berwick Harbour, you can see a range of incredible wildlife in its natural habitat. Photo: The Scottish Seabird Centre
6. Encounter owls
The Scottish Owl Centre near Whitburn in West Lothian houses more than 140 owls, and hosts special experiences as well as daily all-weather flying displays and hands-on educational talks. Visitors can handle and fly owls during the encounter experience, or enjoy a full day photography workshop. Photo: SWNS.com
7. Swim with sharks
Take a dive and swim alongside 10ft sand tiger sharks, stingrays, and shoals of beautiful fish. This shark encounter can be experienced at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry, Fife, just a short drive from Edinburgh. Photo: Third Party
8. Look after animals
At Three Sisters Zoo in West Lothian, visitors can experience what it's like to be a zoo keeper for a half-day. You can help clean out and feed animals from across the globe - including meerkats, tortoises and lemurs. Photo: Tor Södergren