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Orkney Nature Festival- Wild Westray Tour


As part of the Orkney Nature Festival, a special day-long guided tour of the wild and ancient places on Westray is offered by acclaimed local tour group, Westraak. The package, which includes pick-up and delivery from ferry / airport and a light lunch, can be booked via the VisitScotland website. Highlights will include:

Noup Head RSPB Reserve– high sea cliffs with tens of thousands of breeding sea birds- Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill, Kittewake, Fulmar, Gannet, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Shag, Cormorant, Great Blackbacked Gull, Lesser Blackbacked Gull and Herring Gull.

Aikerness Cliffs– a particularly beautiful part of Westray with The Scaun natural arch, Ravens and nesting Shag. Learn about the story of Archie Angel, Westray’s famous shipwreck survivor, possibly catch an early flower of the rare Primula Scotica.

Holm of Aikerness,  inhabited only by the rare North Ronaldsay breed of seaweed eating sheep

Links of Noltland Archaeological Site– the extensive remains of a 5000 year old settlement and farming landscape. The site, which is currently under excavation, contains the remains of over 30 stone buildings and was home to the first farmers and their descendants for over 2000 years. This is the home of the Orkney Venus, also affectionately known as the Westray Wife, a stone figurine. Found here in 2009, she is the earliest human representation known from Scotland and now on show in the Westray Heritage Centre.

Castle o’ Burrian – the best Puffin viewing site in Orkney- there are 600 Puffins nesting here on a sea stack.





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