Experience the Wildlife
Porpoises are seen frequently seen all year round the coast of Orkney and several species of Dolphin can be seen passing through Orkney waters in the summer months. 90% of sightings of Orca in the UK are off Orkney creating much excitement locally. Pods with up to 150 animals have been spotted off the East of Orkney in 2015. The best time to see them is between May and September. Minke Whale and long-finned Pilot Whales can also be spotted. For the best whale watching, locals recommend Cantick Head on the Island of Hoy, Noup Head on the Island of Westray and North Hill on the Island of Papa Westray. For your best chance of spotting whales and dolphins, book a land-based wildlife and archaeology tour through local guides.