Dunscansby Head remains the main watch site for the Orca Watch event. However, this year we’re looking for your help to expand the data collection to other sites in North Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.
To take part, you’ll need a watch form (click here) and appropriate clothing and optics for looking for cetaceans from a cliff top.
You could conduct a watch from whatever site you like, but here is our list of recommended watch sites for Orca Watch 2018:
North Caithness Coast
Duncansby Head Join us at Duncansby Head, the main Orca Watch watch site. free Car Park
John O’Groats Orca often seen passing free Car Park/toilets/refreshments
Gills Bay Seal haul out, Orca often seen in Stroma Sound watch from Lay By
St Johns Point Orca can be seen passing, and a good view of the seal haul out NW Stroma long walk from parking
Dunnet Head Good view across Pentland Firth RSPB Car Park
Holborn Head Other dolphins, whales and orca can pass very close to shore long walk
East Coast Caithness
Noss Head Good coverage of Sinclair Bay Orca often seen here parking not easy, long Wwlk
Wick South or North of Wick River. Orca often seen close to shore near Estuary. car parking
Sarclet Nr Thrumster Seal haul out Orca hunt here free parking short walk
Whalegoe Steps Ulbster Orca often seen passing here free Small Car Park sighting possible from there or top of steps
Lybster. Orca often seen heading North close to shore and seen heading South further off shore long walk, rough ground
Burwick South Ronaldsay View of South entrance in and out of Scapa Flow parking not a problem
Hoxa Head South Ronaldsay Good location for spotting Orca park then long walk
Stromness Orca often seen in Bring Deep and Hoy Sound using West entrance to Scapa Flow best view points not known
Birsay, North West Mainland Orkney. Seal haul out where Orca are seen. free parking
To be announced…
If you are unsure about any aspect of data collection, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the suggested watch locations, please contact Orca Watch founder, Colin Bird.