Announcing the Orkney Nature Festival Cruise 2019

Tuesday 9th April 2019

NorthLink Ferries are delighted to announce that this year’s Orkney Nature Festival will culminate in a wildlife cruise on MV Hamnavoe from 13:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 19th May 2019.

Orkney Nature Festival Cruise - Costa

Leaving from Stromness on MV Hamnavoe, the wildlife watching boat tour will sail up the west coast of Mainland Orkney, giving those aboard spectacular views of the island and surrounding seas. For nature enthusiasts, there will be a plenty of seabirds to spot including razorbills, gannets (pictured), guillemots and fulmar. There may even be a chance to see dolphins and whales.

Orkney Nature Festival Cruise - Gannet

The landscape will be worth the trip alone; you can see the Black Crag, the sea stack North Gaulton Castle (pictured) and the remarkable cliffs at Yesnaby. Further on there’s the Broch of Borwick, the Hole o’Rowe and Skaill Bay, which is home to the ancient village of Skara Brae. Passengers will be able to admire Marwick Bay and Kitchener’s Memorial from the sea. If conditions are good enough, we aim to make it all the way to the Brough of Birsay.

Orkney Nature Festival Cruise - North Gaulton Castle

On top of all that, there will be a buffet and a number of activities on board, including rum and gin-tasting, craft displays and a raffle with some excellent prizes.

Orkney Nature Festival Cruise - Passengers

If you post any photos on social media remember to use the tags #SpotWildShetland and #SpotWildOrkney to share with us!

Orkney Nature Festival Cruise - RSPB

Passengers will enjoy a fantastic day out. Places are limited, so contact Northlink Ferries via [email protected] or 08001114422, visit a NorthLink office or turn up early on the day to book your tickets.

Ticket price (£16 for adults, £11 for concessions and children. Children under 5 will travel for free)