HOW TO SEE OR­CAS IN SCOT­LAND

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Orcas -

En­coun­ter­ing th­ese highly mo­bile cetaceans isn’t easy, but a lit­tle re­search and pa­tience will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove your chances. May to Septem­ber are the best months, from head­lands along the north and west coast of Scot­land and in Orkney and Shet­land. The Scot­tish Marine Wildlife Watch­ing Code pro­vides guide­lines: www.snh.scot/marinecode

CAITHNESS

Visit Dun­cansby Head, Strathy Point or Dun­net Head on a ris­ing tide. There are also sight­ings from the John o’ Groats pas­sen­ger ferry (www.jog­ferry.co.uk; 01955 611353).

SHET­LAND

Good lo­ca­tions in­clude Sum­burgh Head and Bres­say Sound. Or­cas are also of­ten seen from the fer­ries cross­ing Yell and Bluemull Sounds. Lo­cal wildlife tour op­er­a­tors in­clude Shet­land Na­ture (www. shet­land­na­ture.net, 01595 760 333, see p56 for the BBC Wildlife reader hol­i­day) and Shet­land Wildlife (www. shet­land­wildlife.co.uk; 01950 460939).

ORKNEYTop

spots in­clude Hoxa Head and Bur­wick on South Ron­ald­say, and Bir­say in the west of Main­land.

WEST COAST

Or­cas can pop up any­where around the He­brides. Ti­umpan Head on Lewis is a great spot. Lo­cal wildlife tour op­er­a­tors in­clude Sea Life Sur­veys (www.seal­ifesur­veys.com; 01688 302916) and Western Isles Wildlife (www.western-isles-wildlife.com; 01876 580619).

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