2 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Orkney Islands

This peaceful archipelago 10 kilometres off the northern coast of Scotland is a magical place of low-lying rocky islets, sandy beaches and blue seas – a great place to walk and see seabirds, birds of prey, whales and dolphins, along with fascinating prehistoric archaeological sites.

  • Ideal for viewing: Orca, Minke whale, Hen harrier, Short-eared owl, Arctic skua
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Birdwatching

The Shetland Islands

The beauty and charm of this rugged land and seascapes are breathtaking. The region has an astonishing variety of animal and plant life, and the surrounding waters are one of the best places in the British Isles to see marine mammals. The islands are also renowned as a paradise for birdwatchers.

  • Ideal for viewing: Common seal, Grey seal, Harbour porpoise, Otter, Storm petrel
  • Excellent for: Dolphin watching, Birdwatching

3 recommended trips. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Across the Arctic Circle

Follow the Vikings’ journey from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun, Along the way you’ll encounter spectacular birdlife and migrating whales, before reaching the polar bears of Spitsbergen.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 14 days

Scotland’s Wild Coast

From the windswept Hebrides to the intriguing diversity of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, this trip visits remote crofting communities, picturesque villages and some of the world’s largest seabird colonies. 

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 11 days

The Shetland Islands

Witness the fantastic seascapes and an astounding diversity of flora, fauna and marine life.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

When to go

The original “four seasons in a day” destination, you need only wait 10 minutes for the weather to turn bad to good and visa versa! Dolphins are best viewed from May to September.

Seasons

  • Winter

    Nov to Feb: Short days, getting gradually colder over this period
  • Spring

    Mar to May: summer months
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: The warmest time of year with long daylight hours; busy
  • Autumn

    Sep to Oct: If settled, may be a fine time of year

Wildlife events

  • May to Sep: Bottlenose dolphins hunting off Chanonry Point

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