• Yesnaby, Orkney

Nature

Alive with the sights, sounds and colours of nature all year round...

For wildlife enthusiasts there's no place in the British Isles quite like Orkney.

The islands are alive with the sights, sounds and colours of nature all the seasons of the year. Everywhere you go in Orkney, you'll have birds and animals for company on your journey.

With coastal cliffs, meadows and moorland habitats, many species of wildlife make Orkney their home. In fact, on some of the islands the birds and animals have the place to themselves! For many of our visitors, Orkney's natural habitat is about as far from urban living as it's possible to experience. That of course is the appeal and the reason they return to Orkney each year.

From early spring, Orkney's meadows, moorland and cliffs come alive and visitors are treated to a vibrant display of colour. It's the time of year when the islands' wild flowers begin to bloom, and Orkney's landscape enjoys a remarkable transformation for six months.

A combination of the pollution-free air and diverse natural habitats account for around 500 native plants thriving in Orkney. And that's not to forget another 200 that have been introduced to the islands. Orkney is, without any doubt, a flower-lovers' paradise.