Pilgrim's Progress - A Walk on the Wild Side in Egilsay
Where: Egilsay. Meet at the ferry pier.
When: 10am - 1pm Saturday 21 May
With: St Magnus Way
Cost: Free. Donations welcome.
Booking required: Yes. 20 people maximum. FULLY BOOKED
You will also need to book your own journey with Orkney Ferries.
Contact: Sam Stringer - Email: [email protected]
The St Magnus Way is a long distance 58-mile pilgrimage walk from Egilsay to Kirkwall following in the footsteps of Orkney's patron saint St Magnus, Our walk is on the island of Egilsay - the first of six sections of the St Magnus Way – where we will be discovering the wildlife of this beautiful isle and learning about the story of St Magnus.
Our 3.5 mile walk is on easy tracks and minor roads. If you are travelling from Mainland Orkney, you will need to book a return ferry ticket in advance with Orkney Ferries by phoning 01856 872044. The outward ferry will depart Tingwall at 0840, arriving in Egilsay at 0930. The return ferry will depart Egilsay at 1335, returning to Tingwall at 1440. There are toilet facilities at the ferry piers. Bring your own food, drink and wear warm, waterproof clothing and footwear. Please note anyone joining the walk does so at their own risk and is responsible for their own health and safety and ferry travel. Anyone under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately no dogs can join us, as we are walking close to farming livestock.
Russadale Ramble FULLY BOOKED
Where: Meet at Stenness School car park
When: 9.45am Saturday 21 May
With: Orkney Field Club
Booking required: Yes FULLY BOOKED
Contact: Orkney Field Club - Email: [email protected]
Join the Orkney Field Club for a walk up Russadale where we hope to see a variety of wildlife including wildflowers, trees, insects and birds. We will have experts on hand to help identify the different species and answer your questions. Please wear walking boots or wellies. There is a good path but it can be rough and wet underfoot. You should bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars, camera and hand lenses if you have them, as well as a drink and a snack. Please meet at the Stenness School car park at 9.45am, where a minibus will be waiting to take us to Russadale. There will be a small charge of £5 to cover the cost of the transport. The minibus will then collect us later (approx 1pm) and return us to our vehicles. There is a public toilet at Stenness, and the option of an ice-cream after at Gerri's Ice-Cream Parlour.
Booking is essential due to limited spaces on the minibus, please email [email protected] to book and for more information
Stewards of the Sea FULLY BOOKED
Where: Orkney Native Wildlife Project office, Kikrwall
When: 10am - 5pm Saturday 21 May
Booking required: Yes. Book here FULLY BOOKED
Contact: Email: [email protected]
Our FREE comprehensive short course will teach you everything you need to know about cetaceans in the seas around Orkney and how to collect survey data so you’ll be able to contribute to OMMRI’s research. You will learn:
• Which species of porpoises, dolphins and whales can be found in Orkney’s seas
• How these species are adapted to a marine life
• How to identify cetaceans
• How to collect and record scientific data
And much, much more. On completion of the course you will receive a Steward of the Sea certificate and have all the knowledge you need to add to the growing evidence regarding species abundance around our islands. This course is free due to generous funding from Sea-Changers.
Where: Curchill Barriers
When: 10am & 1pm Saturday 21 May
With: Kraken Diving
Cost: £60pp including photographer
Booking required: Yes. Maximum 8 people per session.
Contact: Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07933 492349
With a wide range of flora and fauna there is no denying how beautiful the underwater world is. Explore the magical landscape just below the surface – kelp gardens, brightly coloured sea creatures and a historical wreck creating an artificial reef which attracts a wide variety of marine wildlife.
Snorkelling in a drysuit is a relaxing and mesmerising experience. You will just float gently on the surface, looking around to see the amazing wealth of sea life that can be found in shallow waters, such as crabs, anemones, starfish, sea urchins and many fish including wrasse, pollock and cod. If you so desire, we can go and explore the British Blockship shipwrecks sunk during WW1 and WW2 to block the chanels from German Submarines. These wrecks now act as artificial reefs, making it a haven for sea life and birds.
All equipment will be provided, including dry suits, to keep you warm and dry. No previous snorkelling experience is required. You can take the session at your own pace with close support from PADI Instructors and Divemasters. There is no need to be a strongswimmer as the Churchill Barriers are very sheltered, although you do need to be comfortable around the water. It should be possible to spend up to 60 minutes in the water, although you are welcome to come out sooner.
Brodgar Bug Bash
Where: Brodgar. Meet in car park.
When: 11am - 12.30pm Friday 20 May
With: RSPB Scotland
Booking required: No
Contact: RSPB Orkney - Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07554 331138
Join us at Brodgar where we will be searching for any and all of the bugs we can find by using nets and pots. Staff will be on hand and full of fun facts. Ages 5+, parent/guardian supervision required.