Wildlife attractions in Orkney

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  • Exterior shot of the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory and Guest House
    North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory and Guest House
  • Man overlooking Old Man of Hoy
    Old Man of Hoy
  • Close up shot of puffins on the Pentland Skerries
    Puffins on the Pentland Skerries

Nature lovers are drawn to Orkney’s pristine coastlines, marshes and clifftops. They’re home to many species of interesting wildlife, particularly seabirds and mammals, and as well as the many nature reserves, hides and trails you’ll find around the Orcadian archipelago, you can also expect to find other must-visit attractions spread across all the islands.

Don't miss the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, on Orkney's northern-most island, where you’ll spot migratory birds as they visit the region. Acknowledged as one of the best sites for birdwatching in the country, the sheer number of birds passing by the island in spring and autumn is a spectacular sight.

The Orkney Marine Life Aquarium on South Ronaldsay offers the chance to see some of the important creatures living in the waters around Orkney. Most of the aquatic life has been contributed to by local fisherman working in Scapa Flow, the expansive body of water formerly used by as a Royal Navy base and the final resting place of mighty German battleships. As one of the most popular places to dive in the world, these wrecks regularly give many visitors to the islands an unmissable chance to have far more up close and personal encounters with Orkney’s marine life.

Browse the listings below to plan your trip to Orkney's wildlife attractions today.

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  1. Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Rendall

    Welcome to Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve.

  2. RSPB Orkney Office

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Stromness

    Welcome to RSPB Orkney Office.

  3. Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Westray

    Welcome to Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve.

  4. Trumland Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Rousay

    Welcome to Trumland Nature Reserve.

  5. Hoy Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Welcome to Hoy Nature Reserve.

  6. Marwick Head Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Dounby

    The RSPB nature reserve of Marwick Head is home to the largest cliff nesting seabird colony on the Orkney mainland.

  7. Copinsay Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Orkney

    The RSPB nature reserve of Copinsay has a vast seabird colony that includes guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills.

  8. Mill Dam Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Shapinsay

    Welcome to Mill Dam Nature Reserve.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  10. Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Orphir

    Welcome to Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

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