Much of Orkney's best wildlife can be found around its many miles of coastland: from seabird cities to regular dolphin sightings. Often the best way to see these amazing spectacles is to get out onto the water with them.
Into the Gloup - FULLY BOOKED
Dates: Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May
Time: 11:30am on Thursday & 12:30pm on Friday
Organiser: RSPB Local Group
Contact details: 01856 741382; email@example.com
Booking required: Yes
Age range: 7+
Amidst the sea cliffs on the Orcadian Mainland's east coast, lies a deep sea-cave known as The Gloup. With the roof having collapsed many years ago, this rugged chasm is now home to nesting seabirds, while the boat also passes a colony of seals en route.
There is no better way to explore the cave than by boat, as long as you have one small enough to navigate the intricate crags of the cliffside. The RSPB Local Group will be running two such trips during the Nature Festival, so take this opportunity to enjoy a natural and geological wonder.
Please note that this event is particularly weather-dependent.
Nature Festival Cruise - FULLY BOOKED
Date: Sunday 20th May
Time: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Stromness Ferry Terminal
Organiser: Northlink Ferries
Contact details: 0845 6000 449; firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking required: Yes
Cost: Adults - £15, Concessions - £10
Age range: All ages welcome
The grand finale of the Nature Festival: Northlink Ferries are running their always-popular nature cruise on Sunday 20th May.
Sailing on the HV Hamnavoe, we will circumnavigate Hoy, giving those aboard spectacular views of the island and surrounding seas. For nature enthusiasts, there will be a plethora of seabirds including razorbills, guillemots and fulmar, while we might even be lucky enough to see dolphins and whales.
There will be plenty more to see as well, such as the remarkable Old Man of Hoy and St John's Head - the highest vertical cliff in Britain. On top of all that, there will be a number of activities on board, including whisky and gin-tasting, craft displays and a raffle with some excellent prizes.
Places are limited, so contact Northlink Ferries via email@example.com or 0845 6000 449 to book your tickets.