Guided Wildlife Tours
Orkney is rich in wildlife, much of which is very accessible. However there are a few special animals and birds which live in remote places which are off the beaten track. We offer guided tours of the county, including remote islands, with an emphasis on birds and sea-life. This is an excellent opportunity to get close to rare and unusual species for photography and film-making.
Transport around Mainland Orkney is provided. There is an additional cost for island trips, either by public ferry or private charter.
A typical day would include a moorland walk for hen harriers and short-eared owls, possibly merlin. We will certainly see curlews and common gulls and also the iconic Arctic skua and Bonxie (Great skua). Meadow pipits, skylarks and stonechats may also be encountered.
We have some fabulous seabird colonies around the coast with guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and gannets breeding and puffins and tysties (black guillemots) are easy to see.
Add a supporting cast of red-throated divers, eiders, wheatears, grey and common seals, porpoises, dolphins and even orcas – there’s plenty to see!
Tours can be structured to suit the individual; half-day trips start at £50 per person (max of 6 people), full-day tours £90 per person and extended excursions taking in wildlife and archaeological and historical sites are also available.
Visitors and locals often remark on the quality of light in the North Isles. The wonderful land and seascapes have inspired artists throughout the ages. Why not book a day or two sketching and painting the wildlife and landscapes of Orkney with Internationally acclaimed award winning artist Tim Wootton (SWLA) www.tim-wootton.blogspot.com. You will receive friendly and encouraging personal tuition for artists of any (or no) experience.
Plein-air Landscape Painting and Sketching or Drawing Birds – or book for an extended visit and incorporate both.
A full day with tuition – £125 per person
Three days with tuition – £300 per person
Five days with tuition – £450 per person
Art excursions include transport around Mainland Orkney and packed lunch (maximum of 6 people).
If you’re going to be spending the day out and about in the more remote parts of the countryside, we can provide you with excellent packed lunches – perfect to keep you going while you’re exploring the islands.
We’ll do everything possible to make sure you have a relaxing and memorable stay.
Sally & Tim Wootton.