Orkney is home to an amazing range of wildlife and is particularly well known for its many species of seabird. Admire the huge colonies of local birds as they nest on the islands' cliffs or swoop by the sandy beaches, best seen from the deck of any of the wildlife cruises that sail the coastal waters. You'll also discover seals resting on the beach, or possibly spot otters, dolphins, porpoises and whales.
When the seasons change, so does the wildlife. Thousands of geese, waterfowl, whooper swans, and many other migratory birds settle in the isles during winter, while in spring and early summer large numbers of puffin, guillemot, razorbill, kittiwake, gannet, shag, and fulmar populate the islands' cliffs, creating vast bird cities.
With 13 RSPB Nature Reserves, wildflower meadows, beaches and rock pools, there are plenty opportunities to spot wildlife everywhere in Orkney.
Spot dolphins and porpoises in the coastal waters in summer or witness thousands of breeding seabirds on the vertical cliffs on a boat trip. Or take to one of the many hides and reserves to spot beautiful birds or see rare flora.
Take part in the Orkney Nature Festival in May, a nine day celebration of local wildlife with boat trips to uninhabited islands, seabird cruises and heritage walks.