The Falkland Islands: 25 October – 7 November 2020

Beachmaster Tour: 25 October – 7 November 2020 The Falkland Islands is an archipelago of some 750 islands lying at 52°S in the South Atlantic, some 350 miles NE of Tierra del Fuego. With a population of around 3,000 it is a self-governing independent Overseas Territory of the UK. It is an island paradise, where […]

Wildlife to Enjoy

Whilst it is obviously not possible to guarantee wildlife sightings we do guarantee that you will witness memorable lifetime sightings of our beautiful Orcadian Wildlife. Early guests in April and May will watch slavonian grebe, long-tailed duck, scaup and great-northern divers, all close up and breath-taking in their summer plumage. Lapwings, curlews, snipe and redshank […]

Wildlife Tours

A typical week’s tour might comprise: Two or three days spent exploring Orkney mainland and our own island of South Ronaldsay. One or two days spent on other islands typically Hoy, Shapinsay or Westray if timetables and weather permit. A free day in Kirkwall for shopping and sightseeing (cathedral, distillery, shops, museums); or perhaps a free day spent exploring locally, just pottering on […]


2020 TOURS: TO ORKNEY AND BEYOND Relaxed tailor-made wildlife and culture holidays for small groups. Main 2020 Orkney Tour dates are now FULL. Self-catering is available, please see below. For short-break enquiries please click here. I’m often asked how to sum up an Orcadian Wildlife Tour? These 4 pictures might help, or see below.     […]

July 2011

Early July was occupied by our Shetland tours, with 67 bird species seen, including 4 red-necked phalaropes (6/7); a little gull (8/7); storm petrels at Mousa (9/7); redwing & lots of whimbrel. Shetland cetaceans included minke whale (13/7); and several sightings of harbour porpoise. Lots of islands visited also: Bressay, Mousa, Noss, Out Skerries, Papa […]

May 2008

White-winged gulls are still present in Stromness harbour, and an adult Iceland gull was seen briefly on 5/5. Chiffchaffs and common sandpipers also back on Hoy on the same date. Good views of harriers, both our usual hen harriers, but also a returning marsh harrier, the latter from 6/5 onwards. Arctic skuas were late back […]

April 2007

Cold, fresh weather, but memorable sightings to open our 2007 season…thousands of golden plover locally and the 1st summer visitors: wheatear, chiffchaff and whimbrel (15/4); followed by swallow on 16/4. Stunning views of a displaying – skydancing – hen harrier on Hoy on 17/4, along with mountain hares and peregrine. Winter birds such as slavonian […]