Orkney Islands: The Ultimate Animal Heaven On Earth

 

WILD ENCOUNTERS

Keep your eyes peeled for springtime wildlife, including Orkney’s famous seabird colonies, rare ‘sky-dancing’ hen harriers, curious seals and loveable puffins. You might even see some from the ferry! An abundance of wildlife can be spotted on 13 RSPB nature reserves spread across the islands. Take to the seas and look out for dolphins and even orcas, head to the coast for a chance to spot inquisitive seals or grab your binoculars and watch nesting seabirds on the cliffs at Marwick Head. On the Isle of Sanday, you might spot an elusive otter, and on North Ronaldsay, look out for our famous sea weed-grazing sheep along the sea-swept coastline. Enjoy a guided walk with a wildlife expert or join the Orkney Nature Festival in May, a nine day celebration of local wildlife with boat trips to uninhabited islands, seabird cruises, heritage walks and much more.

Say hello to colourful puffins, Isle of Westray
Say hello to colourful puffins, Isle of Westray

NATURALLY BRILLIANT

This spring, enjoy Orkney’s long days and short nights and explore the islands’ unspoilt natural landscapes. Take a relaxing walk along white sands at the Bay of Skaill by the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, which is part of the amazing UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Further north, explore rockpools by the causeway at the tidal island of Brough of Birsay and the fascinating remains of a Viking Age settlement and 12th century monastery. Snap a picture of dramatic sea-stacks, such as the impressive Castle o’ Burrian on the Isle of Westray or the world-famous sea-stack of the Old Man of Hoy which stands at 449 ft high.

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