Availability of Wildlife Tours

2023 Prices and Tour Schedule: our 20th Anniversary season!

WH_Business_ConceptsA 7 night, 5 day guided tour of Orkney (with one ‘day free’ for personal wishes) is £1,795 per person. This represents good value-for-money for a small group tour (maximum 5 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. All you have to do is to get here, and we will do the rest! 

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.

2022 and 2023 Orkney Tours are detailed below in chronological order. 

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

 

Date/Time Event
22/04/2023 - 29/04/2023 Ultimate Orkney (for Shetland Wildlife): 22-29 April 2023 - Available Spaces: 0

I’ve been pleased to lead this tour on behalf of Shetland Wildlife in Orkney for almost 10 years now, and we always see lots and visit many places, including the islands of Hoy and Shapinsay. 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…”

ALL ENQUIRIES TO SHETLAND WILDLIFE: CLICK HERE. Group size 8.

29/04/2023 - 06/05/2023 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: 29 April - 6 May 2023 - Available Spaces: 4

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.

06/05/2023 - 13/05/2023 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: 6 - 13 May 2023 - Available Spaces: 5

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.

13/05/2023 - 20/05/2023 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: 13 - 20 May 2023 - Available Spaces: 2

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.

20/05/2023 - 27/05/2023 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour 20 - 27 May 2023 - Available Spaces: 5

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.

27/05/2023 - 03/06/2023 Orkney Wildlife & Culture Tour: 27 May - 3 June 2023 - Available Spaces: 5

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 June 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 late Great Northern Divers will 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 by passing food to its mate at their nesting moors.

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.