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Orkney: Historical and Wildlife Boat Coastal Speedboat Tour

1. Orkney: Historical and Wildlife Boat Coastal Speedboat Tour

From Kirkwall Harbour, experience Orkney in a new and thrilling way as you tour the surrounding islands on a guided coastal boat excursion. Be amazed by local scenery and gaze at a variety of wildlife and bird species which can include seals, dolphins and whales. Get an up-close view like no other! Meet your guide and board the boat at Kirkwall harbor and head for the mainland Our tour guides are very experienced with all the safety training needed and are commercially endorsed by RYA/MCA. Leaving Kiikwall harbour you will visit - Mainland - Hatston Pier Shapinsay - Balfour Castle Shapinsay - Balfour village Helliar Holm - Lighthouse Shapinsay - Galtness battery Sweyn Holm - Wildlife watch Gairsay - Seal colony Midsound Baa - Wildlife watch Finestown - Island history Return to Kirkwall harbour

Orkney: 2-Hour Shapinsay Island Speedboat Tour

2. Orkney: 2-Hour Shapinsay Island Speedboat Tour

Sail from Kirkwall harbor to the island of Shapinsay to take in the sights, including Balfour Castle and the village of Balfour. Check out a tall lighthouse on Helliar Holm, an uninhabited island. Take photos with highland cows, and visit an eco-friendly store, and a local beach. Leave Kirkwall harbor at Hatston Pier and take a ferry to Shapinsay, one of the Orkney Islands. When you arrive, get off your boat and explore the island. See Balfour village, at Elwick Bay. Visit Balfour Castle, a listed building built in the Scottish baronial style of architecture. Then, gaze at a lighthouse, which is 42 ft (13 meters) tall on the uninhabited island of Helliar Holm. Afterward, tour the beautiful coast of Shapinsay, and take some photos of the rugged scenery. Finally, return to Kirkwall harbor to finish your adventure.

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It was a really nice and cheap option to see the islands off of the mainland of Scotland. The speed of the boat was really nice so you could see a lot and had a lot of time to see it. You have a great chance of seeing seals, sheep on the islands, and puffins. I think it was definitely worth it!

Fantastic cruise with so much wildlife to see! Great skipper who pointed out all the cool stuff we could see - puffins, seals, guillemots, etc. even without the wildlife it’s a spectacular landscape and view. Well worth the money.

A lovely boat trip around Stroma with my family. Easy to book and the tour commentary was very good. There were lots of places to sit above and below deck with plenty of viewing spaces to observe the wildlife.

Brilliant experience out on the open water, driver took us into very small cave like rocks which was unexpected but awesome! More than just a boat ride defo recommend xxx

Had a great wildlife tour from John O Groats. Highly recommended.