Boat charter and wildlife cruises in Orkney

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  • Birdwatchers on a Scapa Flow Boat trip, Orkney
    Birdwatchers on a Scapa Flow Boat trip, Orkney
  • Harbour at Stromness
    Harbour at Stromness
  • Stromness harbour
    Stromness harbour
  • A family on charter boat 'Valhalla' (Sail Orkney Fleet) moored in the marina at Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
    A family on charter boat 'Valhalla' (Sail Orkney Fleet) moored in the marina at Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney

With so many fascinating species to spot in Orkney, the islands’ dramatic coastlines and surrounding seas offer a very different way to discover them. By taking a boat charter or wildlife cruise out around the islands, you’ll have at your disposal a knowledgeable guide who knows all the best headlands and waters to travel to as well as a comfortable and safe vehicle to get you there and back.

It will be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. As the boat rocks gently on the swell, the glistening forms of a pod of orca whales break the water’s surface and disappear below the sea, visible just long enough for you to grab your camera for that once in a lifetime snap. Further offshire, you could get to spot anything from a porpoise or dolphin to an orca or minke whale. The lucky few could even spot a humpback, sperm or pilot whale, with recorded sightings in Orcadian waters becoming more frequent.

You may prefer the feeling of bobbing at the base of a towering cliff face and craning your neck skyward to see the swirl of activity above you. Puffins, guillemots and gannets soar, land and feed in the crevices of the sandstone cliffs in a cacophony of crashing waves and bird croaks as you gaze up at the vast colony from below. Depending on the season, Orkney’s sea bird colonies are a hive of activity with fulmars, Arctic skuas, guillemots, razorbills and more taking up residence on the cliffs.

Get you closer to Orkney’s impressive wildlife than you could have hoped and browse the listings to plan your boat tour and wildlife cruise today.

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  1. Odin Tours of Orkney

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    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Odin Tours of Orkney. We specialise in private guided tours of Orkney. Every tour is unique and tailored to your interests and is at your pace.

  2. Westraak Tours

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    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Westray

    Westraak Tours offer guided tours on the beautiful island of Westray.

  3. Nature Watch Orkney

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    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Nature Watch Orkney - Personalised tours, walks, strolls or simply observing with Tim Dean, author of the Orkney Book of Birds and The Orkney Book of Wildflowers.

  4. J Charters

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Boat tours from Stromness - we'll take you to see the Old Man of Hoy, or sea angling, bird watching or trout fishing.

  5. Gradings

    South Ronaldsay

    Why not join one of our daily boat trips when you visit Orkney? Leaving from Burwick Harbour, South Ronaldsay, the trip will incorporate a tour around some of the islands.

  6. Tour Orkney

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    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Tour Orkney

  7. Seaorkney

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Tankerness

    Come aboard the Nicky Tam for a sightseeing tour around the beautiful east coasts and north isles.

  8. Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

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    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

  9. Orkney Uncovered

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    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    'Orkney Uncovered' is a unique tour company offering private tours of Orkney's Wartime Defences, Stone Age Sites, Bespoke Jewellery, Wildlife and Coastal Scenery Walks.

  10. See Orkney Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to See Orkney Tours. We are a family run tour guiding company based in Kirkwall, Orkney. Our family originates from one of Orkneys North Isles called Westray where we were farmers.

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