Guided Tours: Walking, Cycling and Driving

Take in the sights and sounds of Orkney's magnificent wildlife in the company of RSPB staff and local experts. Whether you are a keen birdwatcher or a nature novice, you'll can learn in the great outdoors as you take in your breathtaking surroundings.


Rousay by Bike

Date: Monday 14th May

Time: 8:15am - 2:40pm if meeting at Tingwall

          9:00pm - 2:10pm if meeting at Rousay Pier

Location: Rousay

Organiser: RSPB Scotland

Contact details: 01856 850176; orkney@rspb.org.uk

Booking required: Yes

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

Rousay sums up much of what is great about Orkney: moorland teeming with wildlife; meadows of colourful flowers; ancient history underfoot, and breathtaking views in every direction.

One of the best ways to explore it is by bike, so why not join RSPB staff as we traverse the one road that goes round the whole island? The route is approximately 14 miles long, but we'll have plenty of stops to take in the spectacular wildlife. Click HERE for an idea of the route.

Time permitting, we can finish of the day with lunch at the Pier Cafe or a visit to RSPB Trumland nature reserve, which is only a short walk from the ferry.

Please note that a certain level of fitness is required for this event and there is some ascent and descent on the route. We'll have wildlife guides and binoculars, so all you need to bring is your bike, your favourite gear and snacks to keep your energy levels up. Give us a call or an email if you'd like to know more. Places are limited, so booking is essential.


Birdsong of Onziebust - FULLY BOOKED

Date: Tuesday 15th May

Time: 8:15am - 2:40pm if meeting at Tingwall; 

          9:30am - 1:35pm if meeting at Egilsay Pier

Location: Egilsay 

Organiser: RSPB Scotland

Contact details: 01856 850176; orkney@rspb.org.uk

Booking required: Yes

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

From drumming snipe to bubbling curlew and singing skylarks to piping oystercatchers; Onziebust is alive with a symphony of birdsong. Join our RSPB wardens and take in the sights and sounds of this magical nature reserve on the island of Egilsay. 

If you want the quintessential Orkney spring-time experience, this is the event for you.


Brodgar Wildflower Wander 

Date: Wednesday 16th May

Time: 10am

Location: Brodgar Car Park

Organiser: Historic Environment Scotland

Contact details: 01856 841732; sandra.miller@hes.scot

Booking required: No

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

Join Ranger Keith for a gentle stroll around the wildflower meadow at Brodgar, and hear about some of the traditional uses for some of our familiar wildflowers. Suitable for all ages and levels of interest. Warm and waterproof clothing and footwear recommended.



Date: Wednesday 16th May

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Pickaquoy Centre car park

Organiser: Orkney Field Club

Contact details: jenny@jtlarch.co.uk; 01856 850514

Booking required: No

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

Orkney is well known for its breathtaking seascapes and wader-filled wetlands, but now you have an opportunity to learn all about its rare yet beautiful woodlands.

The wildlife experts of the Orkney Field Club are leading a guided walk along the Muddisdale Trail on the outskirts of Kirkwall. Learn how to identify different trees, how they grow and what sorts of creatures make their homes in and around them. It promises to be a feast for the eyes and the ears.

The walk will is one mile along the Muddisdale path and will take about two hours. Some sections of the trail are wet and muddy, so make sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Please note that dogs are not permitted at this event, except for assistance dogs.


Sanday Day Oot

Date: Saturday 19th May

Time: 9:15am - 6:15pm (excluding travel to Sanday)

Location: Sanday

Organiser: Sanday Development Trust

Contact details: 01857 600359; ranger@sandaydevelopmenttrust.org.uk

Booking required: Yes

Cost: £35

Age range: All ages welcome

Sanday is known for its beautiful bays and beaches. Join Sanday Ranger Emma Neave-Webb to explore and learn more about life on the ‘Jewel of the Isles’. All ages welcome!

For those travelling to Sanday, the ferry leaves Kirkwall at 7:40 am – an early start but a great chance to spot seabirds and perhaps marine mammals from the boat.  Emma will meet you at the Loth ferry terminal in Sanday where we will use the community minibus to travel round for the day.                                                   

Once on Sanday, we’ll head straight to the north end of the island to visit the beautiful Scuthvie Bay before stopping for a hunt for the Orkney Vole at Lopness Bay.  We will then visit Quoyness Chambered Cairn and the Heritage Centre before having a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we will head out towards Burness and the Holms of Ire for some sea-watching and a coastal walk ending up at the Ayre’s Rock fish and chip shop just before leaving Sanday. For those returning to Mainland, the ferry leaves Sanday at 6.15 pm and gets into Kirkwall at 7.40 pm. Emma will be on board for guided sea-watching and there will be a chance to look for otters prior to embarkation at Loth.

Please bring a picnic lunch. There’ll be some walking over varied terrain and stout walking boots are recommended. You’ll find details of ferry times at www.orkneyferries.co.uk. Payment is by cash or cheque on the day.

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