Meet up the 2019 Orca Watch Organizers and Lead Volunteers
Information about land-watch sites
In North Scotland, Duncansby Head remains the main watch site for the Orca Watch event although the organizers are looking to expand the data collection to other sites in Caithness, Orkney and Shetland.
To take part, you’ll need a land-watch form 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 2019.
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 the 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
DUNCANSBY HEAD – LAND-WATCH TIME SCHEDULE
Noss Head Good coverage of Sinclair Bay Orca often seen here parking not easy, long walk
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 offshore 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 viewpoints not known
Birsay, North West Mainland Orkney. Seal haul out where Orca are seen. free parking
Sumburgh Head, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking
Mousa Sound, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking
Eshaness, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking
Nesting, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking
Hillswick, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking
Fair Isle, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking
Noss Sound, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking
Sumburgh Head, Shetland. Good location for spotting Orcas. Car parking and facilities
NIALL MCGINTY has produced LOCATION MAPS on our behalf of the Pentland First area and some suggested view points for watching out for orca. With these location maps people will know exactly where to go, which facilities are there as well knowing who to contact for more information.
Map are coming up soon!
If you are unsure about any aspect of data collection, please contact the SWF Lead Organizer on: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be kept up to date with Orca Watch events and news please visit the Sea Watch’s Orca Watch Facebook group.
To follow up on the sightings and events organized in Orkney and Shetland, join their two Facebook pages:
SHETLAND ORCA SIGHTINGS – https://www.facebook.com/groups/shetlandorcasightings/
ORKNEY CETACEAN SIGHTINGS – https://www.facebook.com/groups/322499874791151/