Date(s) - 29/04/2023 - 06/05/2023
Our ‘traditional’ Orkney Wildlife and Culture tours have been running successfully for 20 years, and include the best of Orkney’s wildlife and history. We visit the 3 islands of Hoy (nesting Eagles and the Old Man); South Ronaldsay (nesting Little Terns and Hoxa Head for possible Orca); and Westray (Gannets and everyone’s favourite, Puffins!). Many RSPB Reserves are visited both on the Orkney Mainland and the islands. We also spend a couple of days on the Orkney Mainland, and you will have one day to yourselves, perhaps to explore Kirkwall or take local walks from your comfortable family-run 4* hotel (www.thesandshotel.co.uk). Sites of archaeological interest visited include the Heart of Neolithic Orkney’s Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae see (http://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/skara-brae/)
In May you can expect to see around 100 or so species of birds, including early in the month our winter visitors as they prepare to leave for Iceland and further north – birds such as Great Northern Divers, Long-tailed Ducks and Slavonian Grebes – which will all be in their superb breeding plumage. Out to sea or else on Scapa Flow you may encounter several cetacean species – including Orca – but an element of luck and a good sea state is required for finding and observing whales and dolphins. Our Orkney speciality, the Hen Harrier, will be seen hopefully at close quarters, perhaps displaying in its wonderful Sky Dance, or by passing food to its mate.
Tour size is usually restricted to 5 total so that you are guaranteed lots of individual attention. Transport is by means of our 7 seater electric vehicle and everyone will have a window seat. Each week is different and depends partly on the weather and partly on chance: we wouldn’t have it any other way! Please click on the title to book. Cost £1,795 per person, single supplement of £250 applies.