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. 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.

  2. Nature Watch Orkney

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Nature Watch Orkney

  3. Tour Orkney

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Welcome to Tour Orkney

  4. Odin Tours of Orkney

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Odin Tours of Orkney

  5. Westraak Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Westray

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

  6. Gradings

    Orkney

    Orkney Aspects' tours are different to those offered by many other companies, as each tour is planned around what you wish to experience in Orkney.

  7. Orkney Uncovered

    Type

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Great Orkney Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    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

  10. Orcadian Wildlife

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    South Ronaldsay

    Orcadian Wildlife offers tailor-made wildlife and archaeology tours to small groups of people up to a maximum of eight guests.

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