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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. Copinsay Nature Reserve - RSPB


    Nature Centres & Reserves



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

  2. RSPB Orkney Office


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to RSPB Orkney Office.

  3. Gradings


    Welcome to The Loons & Loch of Banks (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  4. RSPB Scotland Birsay Moors nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    In the summer, hen harriers, short-eared owls and Arctic skuas nest on the moorland of this RSPB Scotland nature reserve.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

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


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