The archipelago of Orkney is not only a cultural gem with some of Europe’s best archaeological sites, but Orkney wildlife is thriving and waiting to be discovered.
Wildlife expert and wilderness Guide, Cory Jones explains what to expect in terms of Orkney wildlife. Cory has been leading wildlife expeditions to this magical far-flung destination for many, many years. Learn what to look for and the best spots to find Orkney’s local fauna and flora below.
The first time visitor to Orkney will be surprised by the diversity of landscape across the islands, from high moorland to immense sea cliffs, unspoilt wetlands and pastures. This makes it a haven for a rich diversity of sealife, birdlife and mammals ashore.
- See our range of Orkney adventures here.
- Learn more about Neolithic Orkney’s UNESCO recognised sites here.
Orkney has 36 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and 13 Special Protection Areas and 13 RSPB nature reserves many with viewing hides. Many of the best wildlife sites can be easily combined with the archaeological ones, as the islands are quite compact.
Orkney is rich in special wildlife. In combination with the unique landscapes and archaeology a holiday on the Orkney Islands is an unforgettable experience. See our image gallery and learn more about Orkney here.