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Orcadian Wildlife

Puffin with sandeel. Credit: Sarah Sankey/Orcadian Wildlife

Orcadian Wildlife specialises in wildlife tours on Orkney and has been operating for 14 years. There’s plenty to see and do while visiting Orkney so Orcadian Wildlife have made it easier for tourists by offering week-long all-inclusive tours; or else an electric hire car for hire for anyone looking to get around the islands independently.

On a tour with Orcadian Wildlife there are many species of birds that can be seen depending on the season, in addition to the rich cultural history of Neolithic, Pictish and Viking sites, surrounded by lots of colourful wild flowers. Visitors early in the year may see Lapwings and other waders, Great-northern divers, Slavonian grebes and other sea ducks, displaying Hen harriers, and Sea eagles incubating their eggs, to name but a few. Later, in the main season, Puffins, seabirds, Arctic terns and Bonxies can be seen, along with porpoises and orcas just off shore. The last few months of the year will allow visitors the chance to spot any migratory birds and grey seal pupping sightings. Orcadian Wildlife offer special trips to see the pups which is an annual highlight.

Orcadian Wildlife has two different types of 4* accommodation on offer for their visitors: the Peedie House self-catering, and the Sands Hotel in Burray. The Peedie House is designed for couples, and has a four star self-catering award from Visit Scotland and is also a Gold award level winner for Green businesses. It has solar panels and a small wind turbine, and the renewable energy is used for the electrical supply. Gerraquoy Organic Farm is a small working farm that guests can also visit running pedigree rare breed Shetland cattle.

 

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