Summer is whale-watching
Orkney during the summer months, from
June through September and your chances of spotting a killer whale,
or long-finned pilot whale in the waters around Scapa
are pretty good.
time of year, you can
expect to see grey and common seals. They hang around coastal areas,
fat in Orkney's fish rich waters.
Whale watching for
your sea legs aren't what they should be,
you are in luck. This is one place that you can whale watch from land.
the western waters, off the cliffs and shores of Orkney's western
you've a good chance of spotting a whale or two. Locals recommend both
Head and the Old Man of Hoy,
places from which to watch the waters for whales. And so do
Seawatch Foundation for whom a link is given at the bottom of the page.
But there's more......
lucky you might also spot Atlantic white-sided dophin, white-beaked
dolphin, bottle-nosed dolphin, harbor porpoise and the whale-sized
dolphin. Or perhaps spotting a basking shark off the Old Man
of Hoy would make your holiday even more memorable?
Eighteen different species
of whales and
cetaceans have been spotted:
the killer whale, minke whale and
long-finned pilot whale, Orkney whale watchers have seen:
Northern Bottlenose Whale
Cuvier's Beaked Whale
Sowerby's Beaked Whale