The Northern Isles: Shetland & Orkney

Orkney. Credit: Martin Webb

Orkney. Credit: Martin Webb

The island groups of Shetland and Orkney are places of superlatives. Towering cliffs that are home to over a million seabirds, including endearingly cute puffins, thousands of grey and common seals and a wonderful array of marine mammals from dolphins to killer whales.

  • Orkney: day-hunting short-eared owls, wailing red-throated divers (known as the rain-goose) and nesting shorebirds. Brown hares share flowery meadows with the unique Orkney vole.

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