Availability of Wildlife Tours

2020 Prices and Tour Schedule: our 17th season

WH_Business_ConceptsA 7 night, 5 day guided tour of Orkney (with one ‘day free’ for personal wishes) is £1,575 per person. This represents good value-for-money for a small group tour (maximum 6 persons), and is all-inclusive of the high quality 4* accommodation, meals, transport within Orkney, and most important of all, the years of experience of your guide.  The price compares very favourably with other operators, with a smaller group size, giving you more personal attention and space. All you have to do is to get here, and we will do the rest! 

There is an ‘Early Bird’ Special Offer at £1,475 per person (not applicable to single persons) if a 2020 tour to Orkney is booked before 31 December 2019.

A note for our solo travellers about single supplements. Provided that you are happy to share a same sex large suite with your own room, but a shared bathroom, we don’t charge a single supplement for our Orkney tours. We have to charge a single supplement elsewhere as we are charged one.

Further discounts may be available for group bookings of 4 or more persons – please contact us for details.

Note that exact accommodation will depend on availability, and that a single supplement will apply on booking if applicable. Excludes transport costs to Orkney and any items purchased of a personal nature.

PLEASE NOTE: 2020 Orkney Tours are advertised below. Other locations will be added from the end of July onwards.

Short-break, private tours may be available on request – please enquire here.

 

Date/Time Event
25/04/2020 - 02/05/2020 Ultimate Orkney (Shetland Wildlife Tour): 25 April - 2 May 2020 - Available Spaces: 0

I’ve been pleased to lead this tour on behalf of Shetland Wildlife in Orkney for several years now, and we always see lots and visit many places! It’s early in the season and the birds are at their stunning best!

In the words of Shetland Wildlife, “The archipelago of Orkney forms a complex jigsaw of land and water. Her fertility gives rise to a wealth of wildlife – particularly birds. Red-throated Divers on the small lochans, Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owls on the moors and an abundance of seabirds and seaduck around the pristine coastline. By popular demand we bring you this ultimate Orkney holiday…”

There is just ONE FINAL PLACE left on this tour of 8 persons, cost £1,695 (plus single supplement of £225). For an itinerary, more details and to book, please visit the Shetland Wildlife website – please click here.

02/05/2020 - 09/05/2020 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: Saturday 2 - 9 May 2020 - Available Spaces: 2

Our ‘traditional’ Orkney Wildlife and Culture tours have been running successfully for 16 years, and include the best of Orkney’s wildlife and history. We visit the 3 islands of Hoy (nesting Sea Eagles and the Old Man); South Ronaldsay (nesting Little Terns and the Tomb of the Eagles); 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 Ring of Brodgar; Skara Brae; and the Tomb of the Eagles.
In May you can expect to see around 90 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 a maximum of 6 so that you are guaranteed lots of individual attention. Transport is by means of our 9 seater minibus. 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 £1,575 per person.

09/05/2020 - 16/05/2020 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: Saturday 9 - 16 May 2020 - Available Spaces: 0

Our ‘traditional’ Orkney Wildlife and Culture tours have been running successfully for 16 years, and include the best of Orkney’s wildlife and history. We visit the 3 islands of Hoy (nesting Sea Eagles and the Old Man); South Ronaldsay (nesting Little Terns and the Tomb of the Eagles); 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 Ring of Brodgar; Skara Brae; and the Tomb of the Eagles.
In May you can expect to see around 90 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 a maximum of 6 so that you are guaranteed lots of individual attention. Transport is by means of our 9 seater minibus. 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 £1,575 per person. This tour is now FULL.

16/05/2020 - 23/05/2020 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: Saturday 16 - 23 May 2020 - Available Spaces: 0

Our ‘traditional’ Orkney Wildlife and Culture tours have been running successfully for 16 years, and include the best of Orkney’s wildlife and history. We visit the 3 islands of Hoy (nesting Sea Eagles and the Old Man); South Ronaldsay (nesting Little Terns and the Tomb of the Eagles); 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 Ring of Brodgar; Skara Brae; and the Tomb of the Eagles.
In May you can expect to see around 90 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 a maximum of 6 so that you are guaranteed lots of individual attention. Transport is by means of our 9 seater minibus. 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 £1,575 per person.

23/05/2020 - 30/05/2020 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: 23 - 30 May 2020 - Available Spaces: 0

Our ‘traditional’ Orkney Wildlife and Culture tours have been running successfully for 16 years, and include the best of Orkney’s wildlife and history. We visit the 3 islands of Hoy (nesting Sea Eagles and the Old Man); South Ronaldsay (nesting Little Terns and the Tomb of the Eagles); 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 hotel (www.merkister.com). Sites of archaeological interest visited include the Ring of Brodgar; Skara Brae; and the Tomb of the Eagles.
In May you can expect to see around 90 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 a maximum of 6 so that you are guaranteed lots of individual attention. Transport is by means of our 9 seater minibus. 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 £1,575 per person.

25/10/2020 - 07/11/2020 The Falkland Islands Beachmaster Tour: 25 October - 7 November 2020 - Available Spaces: 0

After two successful tours to date in 2017 and 2019, a third ‘Beachmaster Tour’ is being planned for the Austral Spring of 2020. The reason for this is simple: Elephant Seals are sorting out their territories for breeding on the beaches, and we’d like to witness this astonishing action whereby 4 tonne + ‘Beachmasters’, the alpha males, play hardball with each other! Several species of penguin, and Black-browed Albatrosses are also returning to their breeding grounds with their wonderful and touching courtship rituals. It’s just a great time of the year to be there!

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 the wildlife comes to you, and that’s one of the main reasons why we visit! In some ways it is remarkably similar to Orkney: friendly locals, a windswept, treeless landscape, with great scenery and sea-scapes, big skies, and lots of wildlife.

Bookings are now being taken for this Beachmaster Tour. The final itinerary will be confirmed in August 2019 and will include several islands as well as the capital, Stanley. Further details and a Tour Report may be found by clicking here. Please enquire for further details by clicking on the event title. Maximum tour size 6 plus guide. Price guide c £4,500 ex-flights.