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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. Orkney Attractions

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    Stromness

    As well as offering Peatfire Tales evenings, which offer an insight into Orkney Folklore, John and Lynn and now proud to offer Guided Walks through Stromness. Stromness is a waterfront town with a rich history.

  2. Tour Orkney

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    Kirkwall

    welcome to Tour Orkney

  3. Explore Orkney

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    Finstown

    Enjoy the wonders of holidays in Orkney with these all-inclusive structured day trips. Uncover fascinating tombs, learn about the Vikings and explore Neolithic sites.

  4. Great Orkney Tours

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    Tankerness

    You want to see Orkney but don’t want to be lost in a crowd of other tourists: then a personal tour is just what you’re looking for

  5. Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

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    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

  6. Orkney Archaeology Tours

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    Birsay

    Orkney Archaeology Tours - for your perfect Orkney holiday. All-inclusive small group holidays & private tours led by archaeologists. Friendly, fun & informative tours with a maximum of 8 participants, based at a comfortable seafront hotel.

  7. Odin Tours of Orkney

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    Stromness

    Welcome to Odin Tours of Orkney

  8. Blue Planet Expeditions Ltd

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    Stromness

    Small ship expedition cruising - group size 12.

  9. J Charters

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    Boat Tour

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    Stromness

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

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