Nature lovers are drawn to Orkney because of the abundance of birds and marine wildlife that inhabit the islands throughout the year. Wildlife is everywhere in Orkney, oystercatcher wading in the wetland meadows, short-eared owls staring at passers-by from the roadside fence-posts, grey and common seals basking on the rocky skerries, while whales, dolphins and porpoises can be spotted in coastal waters in summer, and hundreds of thousands of breeding seabirds can be seen congregating on vertical cliffs.
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Mammals or birds, ocean or land creatures, there is sure to be something to interest you. Why not try out the professional guiding services that are available, as there is something to suit everyone whether it is a personalised photography or wildlife tour or an exhilarating wildlife cruise.
RSPB nature reserves
Cetacean recommended viewing locations